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Southern Railway
2 BIL

(nos.2001 – 2152)

 

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1st August 1962 and the demise of 2 BIL unit no.2088 at Barnham

© Ian Nolan

 

2-car Bi-Lavatory units

 

Contents

2001-2010

2011-2048

2049-2116

2117-2152

Set 900 /701

 

Additional
DTC vehicles

Barnham derailment
1962

Unit liveries

 

Model Form

 

 

From Upper Avenue road overbridge, 2 BIL unit no.2100 (with 1955-built replacement ex.2 HAL Driving Trailer Composite no.12857) departs Eastbourne in 1961 with a Brighton to Ore train (headcode 16). In the background an Express-Gear ratio 4 EPB no.5338 can be seen (possibly with two CEPs behind) – this formed a morning peak to London Bridge (headcode 65). A 4 LAV unit is also visible.

© Chris Wilson collection

 

Introduction

The 2 BIL units were built in four distinct batches:

 

 

Unit nos*

Built

Purpose

 

1.

2001 to 2010

Feb-35

Brighton Line scheme to Seaford and Ore

 

2.

2011 to 2048

Aug-36 to Jan-37

Portsmouth No.1 scheme

 

3.

2049 to 2116

Jul-37 to Dec-37

Portsmouth No.2 scheme

 

4.

2117 to 2152

Aug-38 to Nov-38

Reading Extension scheme (Virginia Water to Reading, Ascot to Ash Vale and Aldershot to Guildford)

 

 

*post renumbering

 

 

 

The first 2 BIL units were constructed for the 1935 extension of the Brighton line electrification to Seaford, Eastbourne & Hastings, (Ore). Order number HO 806 (dated 23rd March 1934) was for ten 2-car units for the semi‑fast and stopping services. They were known as ‘2 BIL’ units; this denoting that both cars of the unit had access to a lavatory (Bi-Lavatory).

These units appeared as nos.1891 – 1900 although the first unit (delivered in February 1935) was numbered 1890. However, this unit was renumbered 1900 in January 1936 to make way for the final 2 NOL unit. The other nine 2 BIL units were ready about March 1935.

All the 2 BIL /2 HAL /2 NOL /2 SL /2 WIM /3-Car Motor Units /4 LAV & 4 SUB units could all run in multiple up to twelve cars. However, all these units were incompatible with the 4 COR (etc) /5 BEL /6 CITY /6 PAN /6 PUL range of compatible units.

The 2 BIL units were ordered alongside other batches of stock for the 1935 electrification extension scheme:

6 PAN units numbered 2021 – 2037
(Order no. HO 805 - seventeen six-car corridor units for the express services)

2 NOL units numbered 1824 – 1855
(Order no. HO 807 - thirty-two two-car non-gangwayed units for local stopping services).

Public services over the newly electrified lines commenced on 7th July 1935 after a period of trial running from May 1935.

Initial Batch of Ten

This first batch of 2 BIL units (as well as all subsequent orders) was constructed at Eastleigh on new underframes from Lancing with steel‑clad timber framed bodies and canvas covered roofs. These units were not gangwayed between cars. However, as they were intended for use on some quite lengthy services it was considered necessary for all passengers to have access to a lavatory so each car was provided with a side corridor and one lavatory these being located at the opposite end to the driving cabs.

Units were close-coupled within, using the standard suburban centre-buffer and three-link chain arrangement: this being bolted with shackles underneath the headstock (keeping the centre-buffer under compression). On cab ends there was the usual central drawhook with side buffers. The driving trailer had a centre buffer whilst the motorcoaches had a rubbing plate.

All the seating was in compartments; each compartment having an outside access door and a sliding door into the corridor. These units were similarly equipped to most of the 2 NOL units and the 4 LAV unit (also the vast majority of the suburban three coach motor units) with electro-magnetic control equipment (supplied in this case by Metro-Vick), resulting in a large driver's cab in the motorcoach and a raised floor in the guard's brake as a result of this control equipment.

In the motorcoaches smoking was allowed in the two compartments (including the coupés) at the van end of the car and the three at the opposite (toilet compartment); the two remaining compartments being designated non-smoking.

In the Driving Trailer Composites smoking was allowed in the three third compartments behind the cab and in the three first compartments at the inner (toilet compartment) end of the car; one first class compartment and the adjacent third-class being designated non-smoking.

Subsequent Batches

Subsequent batches of 2 BIL units were equipped with EE electro-pneumatic control gear (as were the last batch of 2 NOL units and all subsequent ‘1936 type’ stock built); this equipment all being below solebar level to allow a smaller cab to be provided. This difference meant that once again and like the MV control equipped 2 NOL units, there was a difference in the power cable conduit runs between the cab ends of the motorcoach and driving trailer. Visually, these subsequent units could be easily identified from the first ten by the larger cab, large vents on the roof, ventilator bonnets above their droplights and different end-conduit runs. The later batches had the same (driving trailer style) arrangement at both ends. 

This first batch of units were regarded as satisfactory and further batches of units of a similar type were then ordered during 1936 for the next three electrification extensions as follows:

1901 ‑ 1920 and 1954 ‑ 1971 in 1937 for Portsmouth No. 1 extension
(Order HO 898 dated 8th January 1936 (36 units) with a further two added as order HO 903 on 27th January 1936).

2049 ‑ 2116 in 1938 for Portsmouth No. 2 extension
(Order HO 949 dated 6th November 1938 - 68 units).

2117 ‑ 2152 in 1939 for Reading extension
(Order HO 948 also dated 6th November 1938 - 36 units).

The two additional units for HO 903 were added when Farnham - Alton was added to the ‘Portsmouth No. 1’ scheme.

The motorcoaches of each of these further batches (final numbering 2011 to 2152) had a larger luggage area, six first class compartments and one four seat coupe (when compared to the first batch of units numbered 2001 to 2010).

 

SR Renumbering

The rapid expansion of the Southern Railway’s electric fleet had led to the numbering system becoming rather complex, with the Portsmouth No 1 batch being split around the existing 4 LAV numbers, and a renumbering scheme was drawn up from January 1937 to tidy-up the numbers and put them into a more logical sequence, this affecting the 2 BIL units.

Unit numbers 1891 ‑ 1900 now became nos.2001 ‑ 2010 (renumbered in order) whilst the newly delivered Portsmouth No 1 batch (not yet in traffic but in store or working running-in turns) became nos.2011 ‑ 2048. The final two batches of units carried their new numbers when delivered.

 

Changes in Design

The three larger batches of 2 BIL units had a number of detail improvements over the first ten units, principally that now having EE electro-pneumatic control gear allowed a smaller driver's cab and a larger guard's brake to be provided in the motorcoaches, the luggage space in the first batch having proved inadequate. The larger guard's brake also meant that one of the full compartments in each motorcoach was now reduced to a coupe (seating four) whilst the remaining six compartments were made slightly wider.

Other changes were made to the location of some of the doors along the corridor side, resulting also in changes to the window layout.

Following a collision at Woking in 1937 when 2 BIL unit no.2046 suffered a partial underframe collapse the final batch of ‘Reading line’ units featured a reinforced underframe design and heavier self-contained Spencer-Moulton ‘mainline-style’ buffers (as first used on the 6 PUL units). This raised the buffing load from 90 to 120 tons. As a result, each vehicle in the final batch weighed about one ton more than the earlier ones.

 

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30th March 1963 and 2 BIL unit no.2084 at Ardingly

© Ian Nolan

 

 

In Service

Once delivered, this large fleet of 152 units was found working widely over all the electrified routes of both the Western and Central sections of the Southern, though they were much less common on the Eastern section, where similar duties were covered by the 2 HAL units built later for the Gillingham & Maidstone electrification scheme in 1939.

However, an 8-car 2 BIL formation was diagrammed to cover the 8:23am Sevenoaks to Cannon Street and 6:5pm return with other associated workings, the train being berthed at Orpington overnight. The trainset was changed over on Friday night to New Cross Gate with a fresh train returning to Orpington on Sunday evenings formed off a service arriving from Brighton. These workings ceased in February 1939 when new 2 HAL units took over these trains, units nos.2610 - 2613 being put into traffic for this working from 24th February 1939.

Formations of units up to twelve cars long could be found from Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge. Units on the Central section also ran in conjunction with 4 LAV and 2 NOL units on some trains, whilst mixed formations with 4 SUB units were not uncommon.

2 BIL units also deputised from time to time on suburban services though their lower seating capacity was a disadvantage when working such trains. However, these units could not run in multiple with the ‘main line’ fleets of PUL /PAN /BEL and COR /RES /BUF units.

All batches of units were intermixed in traffic and units therefore received their routine maintenance at Fratton, Wimbledon Park and Lovers Walk depots. Heavier body repairs and overhauls were carried out at Lancing works whilst electrical overhauls and bogie changes were dealt with at Slade Green Repair Shop. More serious damage and collision repairs were carried out at Eastleigh works whilst other unscheduled repairs were also done at Peckham Rye and later Selhurst Repair Shops. Following closure of Lancing works in 1963, bodywork overhauls were transferred to Eastleigh.

The 2 BIL units continued on their intended duties for many years although four units were destroyed during the war by enemy action and many others suffered lesser damage. A few others with damaged driving trailers had these replaced by ‘all‑steel’ type 2 HAL pattern vehicles during the early 1950's; some of these being mounted on recovered underframes from damaged vehicles.

The toilet water heaters were isolated during the war years and not reinstated, though the hot taps remained in the toilets until removed in the early 1960's.

 

Nationalisation

Nationalisation in 1948 had little effect other than the units' livery changing from SR to early BR green upon repaints.

During 1953 all units were modified with a compressor governor fitted to prevent units being able to take power until sufficient brake pressure was available to stop the train, this following a ‘runaway’ collision at Guildford involving a 2 BIL unit.

Similar equipment was fitted to all other units and whilst modifications were in progress a temporary restriction was imposed on two car units running solo, this affecting unit diagrams for a while (along with those of the 2 NOL and 2 HAL units). During the modification programme, units dealt with had a small 2" diameter white circle painted onto their bodysides close to the cab doors, once all were completed these were then removed.

From 1956 the 2 NOL units began to be withdrawn, their bodies scrapped and the underframes recovered for further use in construction of new ‘SR type’ 2 EPB and 2 HAP units. 2 BIL units were used to cover some of the former 2 NOL duties, being supplemented by 2 HAL units now being displaced from the Eastern section by new 2 HAP units. Unit no.2146 was the first to receive the new style circular BR carriage crest circa March 1957 replacing the ‘riding lion’ crest used hitherto.

The 2 BIL and 2 HAL units had no operational distinction (except for a small batch of 2 HAL units used between Victoria and Gatwick Airport) and were freely mixed from about 1960 onwards.

Abolition of Second Class

When Second-class was abolished on 3rd June 1956 Third-Class was renamed Second Class resulting in the vehicle types changing, the Motor Brake Third (MBT) now becoming a Motor Brake Second (MBS).

From 1960 the Southern Region started applying UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de fer) yellow cantral bands to indicate the location of the first class compartments; these becoming the BR standard from 1963.

Air Horns

In 1963 Southern Electric units began to gain air horns in place of their whistles; certainly some 2 BIL units received horns in 1964.

Yellow Warning Panels

Small yellow warning panels were painted onto cab ends from October 1963 with unit nos.2015 being the first 2 BIL unit so treated. Eventually the yellow later being extended to the whole cab end; some yellow ends wrapping around the cab sides. With the yellow warning panels /ends came the black inverted triangle on the motorcoaches; this denoted that there was no brake van at the other end of the unit.

A system of electrical code letters allocated to each vehicle was introduced in 1963 and the 2 BIL units were included in this, the motorcoaches becoming CA whilst the driving trailers were DA, though the first ten units were not included in the scheme.

 

In the days before Reading General’s platform 4B, blue-liveried 2 BIL unit no.2058 enters platform 4A circa June 1969.

© John Atkinson

 

Corporate Blue & Withdrawal

From late 1967 units began to be repainted into BR blue livery with full yellow ends; unit no.2111 being the first in October 1967. Following the replacement of the 4 LAV units on the Brighton line in 1968 /1969 by new 4 VEP units, further batches of the 4 VEP units were ordered to begin replacement of the 2 BIL and 2 HAL fleet and withdrawals of undamaged units began in 1969, some still being in green livery.

The first ten 2 BIL units were among the earliest withdrawn and delivery of further 4 VEP and 4 CIG units and redeployment of 2 HAP units saw the 2 BIL fleet steadily lose the main line stopping duties on the Portsmouth line. Displaced 4 COR units were then used to replace the units on the Waterloo to Reading /Guildford lines and further 4 VEP deliveries saw the last scheduled workings on the Brighton main line on 30th April 1971, leaving their last duties on coastal local trains from Brighton.

The final day of normal public service for the 2 BIL (and 2 HAL) units was 29th July 1971 with units nos.2016 /2034 /2111 /2023 & 2040 in use. Three units were retained for a final railtour on 25th September 1971 when the last three (nos.2111 /2035 & 2040) were withdrawn.

Withdrawn units were sent to Slade Green, thence Selhurst for stripping of equipment prior to sale to scrap dealers and disposal. However, one unit (no.2090) was claimed by the National Railway Museum and preserved. Unless accident-damaged most units were withdrawn in batches and stored at various locations around the system awaiting movement to Slade Green /Selhurst for electrical stripping.

Some units were out of use for a few days/weeks prior to their official withdrawal date. Following stripping there were further periods of storage before units were hauled away to the scrap dealer to which they had been sold. The ‘scrap date’ in the following lists is usually the month in which the units were hauled away from the SR, but some survived for some time afterwards in scrap yards prior to being broken‑up.

As part of the TOPS system, in 1972 the class number 401 was allocated to the 2 BIL fleet. However, as units had all been withdrawn for disposal by this time this was not carried on any of the units.

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20th August 1962 and 2 BIL no.2004 leads another into Ardingly

© Ian Nolan

 


Units Numbered 2001 - 2010

This first batch of ten units (delivered early in 1935) were the prototypes for the larger batches of units built during the next three years. Each unit consisted of a Motor Brake Third (MBT) and a Driving Trailer Composite (DTC), and had similar equipment to contemporary suburban units. Cab end design was similar with a domed roof and the usual side buffers, central drawhook and low-level air brake hoses whilst power, control and lighting jumpers were mounted on the cab end.

A standard stencil route indicator was fitted between the two cab observation lights, with the whistle to the nearside of the driver's window. The secondman’s window is hinged (on the external door side) to open outwards in order to for the driver to lean out and change the route indicator’s stencils; the opening frame of this window making it look smaller in size when compared to the (fixed) driver’s window.

The bodysides along the luggage van and cab area was not flattened and inset as on the 4 LAV units, therefore the cabs at both ends of the unit were full width. Each car had a full-length side corridor, both these being along the same side of the unit as marshalled. When the motorcoach was leading the corridors were on the nearside.

The Motor Brake Third consisted of driver's cab entered by inwards opening doors each side, this cab being 9' 1" wide to accommodate some of the electro-magnetic control equipment behind the driver. Like similarly equipped suburban and 2 NOL units, this resulted in power conduits running up to roof level on the left-hand side of each observation window (as seen facing the cab).

The guard's brake van followed (there was no access from this to either the cab or the passenger area of the car), this being 7' 11¾" wide and with a pair of outward opening doors each side for access. No side lookout duckets were provided; the Guard having periscopes in each direction to assist with observing signals.

The remainder of the Motor Brake Third consisted of seven third-class compartments (all 5' 11" wide each seating eight) giving an overall capacity of fifty-six third. Each compartment had an exterior access door whilst there were three doors along the corridor side. From the guard's end these were placed opposite the partition of the first /second, the door of the fourth and the partition of the sixth /seventh compartments, resulting in an outside window layout of large sidelight (L/S/L), door, three L/S/L, door, three L/S/L, door, L/S/L and toilet window.

The lavatory was located at the inner end of the car. This car was given the diagram number 2111 and weighed 43 tons 6cwt. The motor bogie below the driver's cab was equipped with shoegear and fitted with two MV339 motors of 275hp, though these were replaced by EE339 motors during the 1950's. Smoking was allowed in the two compartments at the van end of the car and the three at the opposite (toilet compartment) end.

The Driving Trailer Composite consisted of a driver's cab 4' 8 & 3/8" deep followed by eight compartments, the four behind the cab being third class and 6' 3" wide, the four at the inner end being first class and 7' 1¾" wide, and finally a lavatory compartment at the inner end of the car.

The corridor was along the offside when the cab was leading, the opposite side to that of the motorcoach so that both corridors were along the same side of the unit.

Each third-class compartment again seated eight and the firsts seated six; giving this car a total of twenty-four first and thirty-two third-class seats. There were four access doors along the corridor side, located (from the cab end) opposite the partitions of the first /second, third /fourth, fifth /sixth and seventh /eighth compartments. There were L/S/L windows on each side of each door opening with three ¼ light windows splitting pairs of L/S/L windows along the corridor length to give a regular large/¼/large window pattern. Each compartment again had an access door on the non-corridor side. This car was to diagram number 2700 and weighed 30 tons 17cwt.

Smoking was allowed in the three third compartments behind the cab and in the three first compartments at the inner (toilet compartment) end of the car; one first class compartment and the adjacent third-class being designated non-smoking. Power conduits at this end of the unit looped up each side of the headcode glass and did not run onto the roof dome.

 

Overall length of the unit was 129' 5" and they weighed 74¼ tons and seated twenty-four first and eighty-eight third. The non-corridor side had standard size ¼ light windows each side of the door droplight, whilst those on the corridor side were carried right up to the roofline, though the door droplights were of standard size.

The passenger door droplights were to a new design with no frame, having a brass bar along the top edge and a wooden locking bar at the bottom controller by a lever to lock /unlock then and allow the droplight to be moved, traditional wooden framed droplights with leather straps to control the amount of opening were retained for the guard‘s and cab doors. Above each passenger droplight each door had a ventilation louvre with the vent along the bottom edge. Wooden panelling in the corridor was painted cream, whilst the compartments had varnished wooden panels.

 

These units were ready prior to the opening of the Eastbourne & Hastings electrification scheme and were run-in on the Brighton line, indeed virtually all the diagrammed workings were on the main Brighton line as all workings east of Keymer Junction were covered by 6 car PUL and PAN units and 2 NOL units. As a consequence, the 2 BIL units found themselves operating alongside 4 LAV units on semi-fast and stopping services between London Brighton as well as to Reigate.

Four units were soon being loaned to the Eastern section (1936) until displaced by new 2 HAL units in February 1939; these operated a peak-hour Sevenoaks – Cannon Street service (via Orpington) – am Up /pm Down. Once further batches of 2 BIL units were built, this batch were intermixed with them after the completion of the Portsmouth No.2 scheme and worked wherever 2 BIL units were diagrammed.

Unit no.2006 was disbanded in July 1963 and used as part of a loco-hauled electrically heated set on the Oxted line, two units were withdrawn in July 1968 after exchanging their DTCs with damaged ones from later build units and the remainder in 1969 and stripped at Slade Green or Selhurst prior to sale for scrapping.

As these units were among the earliest withdrawn none received blue livery. However, units nos.2003 /2005 /2009 & 2010 gained full yellow ends, those on unit no.2009 wrapping round onto the bodysides as far back as the leading edge of the driver's door.

 

The following list shows unit formations with the original unit number also shown and the dates units were completed and withdrawn, also the date and location of scrapping.

 

Unit no.

Diag no.

First no.

Unit new

MBT

2111

DTC

2700

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

2001

1891

14-Feb-35

10568

12102

19-Apr-69

Oct-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2002

1892

14-Feb-35

10569

12103

3-May-69

Sep-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2003

1893

22-Feb-35

10570

12104

26-Apr-69

Sep-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2004

1894

1-Mar-35

10571

12105

8-Mar-69

Jul-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2005

1895

1-Mar-35

10572

12106

12-Apr-69

Sep-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2006

1896

1-Mar-35

10573

12107

27-Jun-63

Feb-70

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2007

1897

8-Mar-35

10574

12108
12078+

6-Jul-68

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2008

1898

8-Mar-35

10575

12109
12052+

12-Apr-69

Sep-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2009

1899

8-Mar-35

10576

12110

12-Apr-69

Oct-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2010

1900*
1890

14-Feb-35

 

10567

12101
12129+

6-Jul-68

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

                                                        

Notes

*

Renumbered Jan-36
(other units renumbered Jan-37)

+ 

Later type 2 BIL DTC diagram 2701

 

 

Individual Unit Notes Nos.2001 – 2010

2001

Unit commenced service 18-Feb-35.

Unit out of use at Barnham by 30‑Mar‑69 and withdrawn 19-Apr-69.

Following withdrawal unit initially stored at Lancing prior to stripping at Selhurst, then stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 3‑Oct‑69 from Norwood Yard, unit arrived in yard 14‑Oct‑69. DTC 12102 cut-up 30-Oct-69 and MBS 10568 cut-up 31‑Oct‑69.

2002

Unit commenced service 18-Feb-35.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action (location unknown, probably Durnsford Road 4-Jul-44) and repaired at Eastleigh between 7-Jul-44 and 15-Jul-44.

Unit withdrawn 3-May-69 and after stripping stored at Polegate, then Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9-Sep‑69 from there, unit arrived in yard 15‑Sep‑69. MBS 10569 cut-up 22‑Sep‑69 and DTC 12103 cut-up 23‑Sep-69.

2003

Unit commenced service 28-Feb-35.

Unit damaged in siding collision with steam train at Horsham 29-Sep-62, lifted at Peckham Rye then to Lancing for repairs between 10-Oct-62 and 22-Oct-62.

Unit withdrawn 26-Apr-69 and after stripping at Slade Green stored at Stewarts Lane, moving to Polegate 16-Jun-69 and moved for scrapping c.22-Aug-69 from Stratford to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), unit arrived in yard 3‑Sep-69. DTC 12104 cut-up 10-Sep-69 and MBS 10570 cut-up 11‑Sep-69.

2004

Unit commenced service 11-Mar-35.

Unit withdrawn 8-Mar-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood unit not arriving in yard until 11-Jul-69. DTC 12105 cut-up 18-Jul-69 and MBS 10571 cut-up 22-Jul-69.

2005

Unit commenced service 11-Mar-35.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Eastbourne 7-Mar-43, repaired at Brighton depot between 7-Mar-43 and 12-Mar-43.

Three compartments of DTC 12106 damaged by fire at Streatham Hill due to enemy action 2-Mar-44 and unit repaired at Selhurst between 3-Mar-44 and 1-Apr-44.

Unit damaged about August 1966 (details unknown) and to Eastleigh 5-Sep-66 for C6 overhaul and repair, released 2-Dec-66.

Unit withdrawn 12-Apr-69 and after stripping at Slade Green unit stored at Stewarts Lane, moving to Polegate 16-Jun-69 and moved for scrapping c.22-Aug-69 from Stratford to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge), unit arrived in yard 9-Sep-69. MBS 10572 cut-up 12‑Sep-69 and DTC 12106 cut-up 13‑Sep-69.

2006

Unit commenced service 11-Mar-35.

Unit to Eastleigh 16-Aug-63 for damage repairs to DTC 12107 and both cars transferred to set no.900 from 6-Sep-63 and unit disbanded, later set no.900 became 7 TC 701 in Feb-66. MBS 10573 operated as a trailer brake second whilst in 900/701, with motors removed. Both vehicles had their jumpers altered to allow heating from BRCW Type 3 Diesel Loco ‘KA’ (later Class 33).

Unit no.701 was disbanded early in 1969 and both 10573 and 12107 withdrawn 12-Apr-69 and stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 31‑Jan-70 from there.

2007

Unit commenced service 16-Mar-35.

Unit to Lancing 2-Mar-44 (with 4 LAV 2928) [possible collision damage?] and MBT 10574 released 16-Mar-44 formed in 4 LAV unit 2928, DTC 12108 repaired 4-Jul-44 when unit reverted to normal.

DTC 12108 cab and front offside badly damaged in converging collision with 4 SUB unit no.4369 at Horsham 2-Jul-61, stored damaged at Hassocks until repaired at Lancing between 21-Nov-61 and 5-Feb-62.

MBS 10574 damaged by fire at Brighton 8-Jun-68, Unit to Selhurst where DTC 12108 to unit no.2055 and replaced by collision damaged 12078 (ex.2055), and unit withdrawn 6-Jul-68 and stored at Micheldever then Polegate and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 22-Nov-69 from Gatwick.

2008

Unit commenced service 2-Apr-35.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action (possibly at Streatham Hill 20-Apr-41 or Fratton depot 26-Apr-41) and repaired at Selhurst between 1-May-41 and 13-May-41.

Unit at Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 31-Dec-47 and 3-Mar-48 (possible collision with unit no.2033?).

Unit involved in Ford collision 5-Aug-51 and damaged (units nos.2029, 2056 & 2100 also involved). From 18-Aug-51 damaged DTC 12109 to unit no.2029 and replaced by 12052 (ex.2029).

The six-coach 11.17am Brighton to Portsmouth train (booked to stop in Ford’s Down main platform) passed the home signal at danger and collided at about 18 mph with the rear of the eight-coach 10:47am Three Bridges to Bognor Regis train which as standing in the Down Loop platform waiting for the Portsmouth train to pass. Both trains were formed of two-coach units.

The first coach of the Portsmouth train and the rear coach of the Bognor Regis train were telescoped together for about 40’; four other coaches were also damaged to varying degrees.

Motorman Sherwood was driving the Portsmouth train and was killed instantly. Eight passengers died, forty-seven were injured with forty detained in hospital.

Unit withdrawn 12-Apr-69 and after stripping stored at Stewarts Lane, moving to Polegate 16-Jun-69 and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) c.22-Aug-69 from Stratford, unit arrived in yard 3‑Sep-69. DTC 12052 cut-up 8‑Sep-69 and MBS 10575 cut-up 9-Sep-69.

2009

Unit commenced service 2-Apr-35.

Unit out of use at Barnham by 30-Mar-69 and withdrawn 12-Apr-69. Following withdrawal unit initially stored at Lancing prior to stripping at Selhurst, then stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 3-Oct-69 from Norwood Yard, unit arrived in yard 14-Oct-69. Both cars cut-up 29-Oct-69.

2010

This was the first built unit in February 1935 and delivered as unit no.1890.

Unit commenced service 25-Feb-35. It was renumbered 1900 in January 1936, and then renumbered again, along with the whole batch of ten units in January 1937, becoming unit no.2010.

DTC 12101 to unit no.2096 Jul-68 and replaced by collision damaged 12129 (ex.2096) and unit withdrawn 6-Jul-68. Stored at Micheldever then Polegate and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 22-Nov-69 from Gatwick.

               

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Units Numbered 2011 ‑ 2048

This batch of units were authorised for the Portsmouth No. 1 electrification scheme and were built as unit numbers 1901 ‑ 1920 and 1954 ‑ 1971 but all were renumbered before entering public traffic.

Units were completed from August 1936 until January 1937 and stored on delivery, trial running commencing in February 1937. These units differed from the first batch in a number of ways, the principal difference being the adoption of electro-pneumatic control gear allowing a smaller driver's cab in the motorcoach, a larger guard's brake and the reduction of the number of compartments in the motorcoach from 7 to 6½. Other changes involved the door positioning along the corridor side of the trailer and consequential alterations to the window layout, flusher fitting fixed windows mounted from the outside in aluminium frames and no ventilation louvre above door droplights.

The Motor Brake Third consisted of driver's cab 4' 8½" deep, guard's brakevan now 11' 9½" wide, coupe compartment 4' 2½" wide seating four and six third class compartments each 6' 3" wide. This car seated fifty-two and was to diagram number 2115 and weighed 43 tons 5cwt. Motors were the EE339 275hp type from new with EE control equipment. The floor of the guard's brake van was now flat with the remainder of the car, whilst along the corridor side, the first L/S/L before the door at the guard's end was replaced by a ¼ light, and there was no frosted glass window opposite the toilet compartment door.

The Driving Trailer Composite had an identical internal layout to those of the first batch, the main difference being the moving of the first door at the cab end on the corridor side forwards to be opposite the doorway into the first compartment, remaining door positions being as before. The intermediate non-doorway ¼ light windows were dispensed with and the car now had the following arrangement from the cab end, ¼ light, door, three L/S/L, door, two L/S/L, door, three L/S/L, door and ¼ light. Diagram number was 2701, the car weighed 30 tons 17cwt and seated twenty-four first and thirty-two third.

Overall unit length remained at 129' 5" and overall weight was now 74 tons 2cwt, whilst seating capacity was now twenty-four first and eighty-four third. The coupe compartment had the four seats facing backwards (away from the driving cab) and there was a shelf along the wall opposite, this compartment being intended for train crew travelling ‘passenger’ if required.

The panelling in the corridors was now varnished teak and use was made of ‘Rexine’, a synthetic leathercloth for other panel trim.

Units receiving full yellow ends whilst in green livery were as follows: 2011 /2021 /2026 /2028 /2038 & 2048, those on all except 2048 wrapping round onto the bodysides as far back as the leading edge of the driver's door.

Units painted blue (with full yellow ends) were as follows: nos.2016 /2022 /2024 /2025 /2028 /2032 /2033 /2034 /2036 & 2043.

 

Unit formations were as shown below, with the original unit number also shown, date of delivery, date of withdrawal and date and location of scrapping. Units were renumbered in January 1937.

 

Unit no.

First no.

Unit new

MBT

DTC

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

Diag no.
Code

 

 

2115
CA

2701
DA

 

 

 

2011

1901

15-Sep-36

10577

12034

23-Jan-71

Sep-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2012

1902

22-Sep-36

10578

12035

20-Sep-69

Oct-70 

Fratton Depot

2013

1903

22-Sep-36

10579

12036

6-Sep-69

Nov-69 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2014

1904

1-Oct-36

10580

12037

23-Jun-43

Jun-43

Destroyed by enemy action Brighton

2015

1905

1-Oct-36

10581

12038

24-May-69

Oct-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2016

1906

10-Oct-36

10582

12039

11-Sep-71

Mar-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston

2017

1907

10-Oct-36

10583

12040

21-Nov-70

May-71 

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton

2018

1908

13-Oct-36

10584

12041

12-Apr-69

Feb-70 

Fratton Depot

2019

1909

20-Oct-36

10585

12042

3-Jan-70

May-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2020

1920

22-Oct-36

10586

12043

10-May-69

Sep-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2021

1921

22-Oct-36

10587

12044

27-Jun-70

Feb-71 

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton

 

 

Unit no.

First no.

Unit new

MBT

DTC

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

Diag no.
Code

 

 

2115
CA

2701
DA

 

 

 

2022

1912

27-Oct-36

10588

12045

21-Nov-70

Jul-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2023

1913

27-Oct-36

10589

12046

13-Sep-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2024

1914

27-Oct-36

10590

12047

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2025

1915

4-Nov-36

10591

12048

23-Jan-71

Sep-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2026

1916

4-Nov-36

10592

12049

4-Apr-70

Jan-71 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2027

1917

4-Nov-36

10593

12050

23-Jan-71

May-71 

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton

2028

1918

13-Nov-36

10594

12051
12854 1

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2029

1919

13-Nov-36

10595

12052
12109 2

21-Nov-70

Jul-71 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2030

1920

24-Nov-36

10596

12053

13-Sep-69

Oct-70

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2031

1954

17-Nov-36

10597

12054

10-Jan-70

May-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2032

1955

17-Nov-36

10598

12055

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2033

1956

17-Nov-36

10599

12056

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2034

1957

24-Nov-36

10600

12057

11-Sep-71

Apr-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston

2035

1958

25-Nov-36

10601

12058

10-Jan-70

Aug-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2036

1959

25-Nov-36

10602

12059

11-Sep-71

Jan-72 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2037

1960

2-Dec-36

10603

12060

4-Apr-70

See notes

 

2038

1961

2-Dec-36

10604

12061

23-Jan-71

Oct-71

Bird Group, Long Marston

2039

1962

2-Dec-36

10605

12062

27-Dec-69

May-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2040

1963

2-Dec-36

10606

12063

17-Sep-69

Apr-70 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2041

1964

8-Dec-36

10607

12064

8-Feb-69

Jun-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2042

1965

8-Dec-36

10608

12065

21-Jun-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2043

1966

10-Dec-36

10609

12066

21-Nov-70

Jun-71

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2044

1967

10-Dec-36

10610

12067

8-Feb-69

Jun-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2045

1968

18-Dec-36

10611

12068

21-Nov-70

May-71 

T. J. Thomson Ltd, Stockton

2046

1969

18-Dec-36

10612

12069

10-Jan-70

May-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2047

1970

18-Jan-37

10613

12070

10-Jan-70

May-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2048

1971

18-Jan-37

10614

12071

10-Jan-70

Aug-70

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

 

Notes

#1

all‑steel’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2705, Code DQ.

#2 

‘Early type’ 2 BIL DTC diagram 2700.

 

 


Individual Unit Notes Nos.2011 – 2048

2011

Unit commenced service 1-Oct-36.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43.

Unit out of use at Ascot by end of 1970 and moved to Lancing for store 1‑Jan-71 and withdrawn there 23‑Jan-71.

Moved to Selhurst for stripping 24-Apr-71, then hauled to Micheldever. Moved for scrapping to Bird group (Long Marston) 8‑Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2012

Unit commenced service 1-Oct-36.

Unit slightly damaged in collision in Polegate Sidings 8‑Jan-63 (details?).

Unit withdrawn 20-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Herne Hill, hauled to Micheldever 25-Jun-70 but detached at Woking after DTC 12035 damaged by fire but moved on to Micheldever by 9-Aug-70.

Unit moved to Basingstoke by Sep-70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29-Sep-70 from there.

2013

Unit commenced service 1-Oct-36.

Unit withdrawn 6-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Polegate and moved for scrapping to Bird group (Long Marston) 22-Nov-69 from Gatwick.

2014

Unit commenced service 16-Oct-36.

Both cars destroyed at Brighton by enemy action 25-May-43 and unit withdrawn 23-Jun-43 when remains of bodies scrapped.

Underframes salvaged and stored at Lancing, that of DTC 12037 used in construction of ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12855 for unit no.2700 Jun-54. Old underframe of MBS 10580 moved, on top of underframe of 8198, from Lancing to Eastleigh 12-Oct-56 and later scrapped there.

2015

Unit commenced service 30-Oct-36.

Unit damaged by enemy action, probably at New Cross Gate 21-Jul-44 and repaired at Lancing between 27-Jul-44 and 31-Jul-44.

MBT 10581 damaged about June 1954 (details unknown) and repaired at lancing during overhaul between 9-Jun-54 and 28-Jun-54.

Unit withdrawn 24-May-69 and after stripping stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 3-Oct-69 from Norwood Yard, unit arrived in yard 7-Oct-69. Both cars cut-up 16-Oct-69.

2016

Unit commenced service 20-Oct-36.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and initially stored at Lancing prior to stripping at Selhurst, then stored at Weymouth, moving to Basingstoke 25-Feb-72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 23-Mar-72 from there.

2017

Unit commenced service 20-Oct-36.

Unit derailed on faulty points at Hampden Park 3-Jan-64, only minor damage.

Unit withdrawn 17-May-69 but reinstated from 31-May-69, withdrawn again 21-Nov-70. After stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever (via Eastleigh) arriving 18-Feb-71 and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 15-May-71 from there.

2018

Unit commenced service 30-Oct-36.

Unit badly damaged by enemy bombing at Bognor 11-Apr-41 and repaired at Eastleigh between 15-Apr-41 and 9-Aug-41.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action (location unknown, probably Durnsford Road 4-Jul-44) and repaired at Eastleigh between 7-Jul-44 and 15-Jul-44.

Unit (with no.2120) rammed by loco-hauled train at Portsmouth Harbour 5-Apr-69 and withdrawn 12-Apr-69. Scrapped at Fratton by 21-Feb-70 by France Services.

2019

Unit commenced service 29-Oct-36.

Unit damaged by H/E blast at Brighton station 18-May-42 but repaired there by 15-Jun-42.

Unit damaged (details unknown, possible collision with no.2141) in February 1951 and DTC 12042 sent to Micheldever for store 22-Feb-51 pending underframe repairs at Eastleigh from 8-Mar-51 until 28-Mar-51. MBT 10585 stored at lancing pending arrival of DTC 12042 from Eastleigh 3-Apr-51 and unit then overhauled and back to traffic from 8-May-51.

Unit withdrawn 3-Jan-70 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 29-Apr-70 from there.

2020

Unit commenced service 29-Oct-36.

Unit withdrawn 10-May-69 and after stripping stored at Polegate, moving to Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9-Sep-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 15‑Sep-69. DTC 12043 cut-up 23‑Sep-69 and MBS 10586 cut-up 24‑Sep-69.

2021

Unit commenced service 30-Oct-36.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action (details unknown) about Oct-44 as at Lancing for repair between 30-Oct-44 and 5-Feb-45.

Unit withdrawn 27-Jun-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard, moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 30‑Jan-71 from there.

2022

Unit commenced service 7-Nov-36.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 29-Mar-71. Unit stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 19-Jul-71 from there.

2023

Unit commenced service 7-Nov-36.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 1-Nov-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 5-Dec-69. DTC 12046 cut-up 10-Dec-69 and MBS 10589 cut-up 11-Dec-69.

2024

Unit commenced service 7-Nov-36.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Durnsford Road 8-Sep-40 and repaired at the depot.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing c.May-71, withdrawn 12-Jun-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping, hauled to Gatwick Oct-Jul-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 22‑Sep-71 from there.

2025

Unit commenced service 14-Nov-36.

Unit out of use at Ascot by end of 1970 and moved to Lancing for store 1‑Jan-71 and withdrawn there 23‑Jan-71. Moved to Selhurst for stripping 24-Apr-71, then hauled to Micheldever and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 8‑Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2026

Unit commenced service 14-Nov-36.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard, moved for scrapping to Milton Metal. (Cardiff) 5‑Sep-70 from there, though not broken‑up until Jan-71.

2027

Unit commenced service 14-Nov-36.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Basingstoke 27-Feb-71 then on to Micheldever, 1-Mar-71 for store, moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 7-May-71 from there.

2028

Unit commenced service 21-Nov-36.

MBS 10594 slightly damaged when struck by falling tree at Bentley 12-Feb-62 and repaired at Lancing during intermediate overhaul.

MBS 10594 damaged by fire at Waterloo Oct-66 and DTC 12051 to 2 HAL unit no.2626 Jan-67 and replaced by damaged DTC 12211 (ex 2626) and unit to Micheldever for store pending repairs. These two moved to Eastleigh 12-May-67 where 12211 withdrawn and MBS 10594 for C3 overhaul and repair, not being released until 14-Mar-69 now formed with ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12854 (ex.2653) and painted blue. Unit then 129' 6" long and weighed 74 tons.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping 4-Jun-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Micheldever for store and finally Feltham, moved to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) for scrapping 15‑Sep-71.

2029

Unit commenced service 21-Nov-36.

Unit involved in Ford collision 5-Aug-51 and damaged (units nos.2008, 2056 & 2100 also involved). DTC 12052 to unit no.2008 and replaced by 12109 (ex.2008) from 18-Aug-51 during repairs at Lancing between 21-Aug-51 and 12-Oct-51.

                The six-coach 11.17am Brighton to Portsmouth train (booked to stop in Ford’s Down main platform) passed the home signal at danger and collided at about 18 mph with the rear of the eight-coach 10:47am Three Bridges to Bognor Regis train which as standing in the Down Loop platform waiting for the Portsmouth train to pass. Both trains were formed of two-coach units.

                The first coach of the Portsmouth train and the rear coach of the Bognor Regis train were telescoped together for about 40’; four other coaches were also damaged to varying degrees.

Motorman Sherwood was driving the Portsmouth train and was killed instantly. Eight passengers died, forty-seven were injured with forty detained in hospital.

Unit damaged about December 1963 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 18-Dec-63 and 5-Feb-64.

Unit again damaged about April 1966 (details unknown) and stored at Cosham until to Eastleigh 13-Jun-66 for C1 overhaul and repairs, released 11-Oct-66.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever 25-May-71 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 12-Jul-71 from there.

2030

Unit commenced service 5-Dec-36.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43, repaired at Brighton depot by 5-Jun-43.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Herne Hill then Battersea Yard, then moved to Micheldever 25-Jun-70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29-Sep-70 from Basingstoke.

2031

Unit commenced service 28-Nov-36.

Unit probably damaged by enemy action (details unknown) about Dec-42 as at Eastleigh for repairs from 17-Dec-42 until 5-Apr-43.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 2-May-70 from there.

2032

Unit commenced service 28-Nov-36.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping 4-Jun-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Micheldever for store and finally Feltham, moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 15‑Sep-71.

2033

Unit commenced service 28-Nov-36.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43, repaired at the depot by 26-May-43.

Unit to Eastleigh for underframe repairs between 31-Dec-47 and 4-Mar-48 (possible collision with no.2008?).

Unit in ‘runaway’ converging collision with unit no.2952 in Horsham sidings 4-Feb-62 and MBS 10599 damaged, repaired at Lancing between 24-Jun-62 and 24-Aug-62.

Unit damaged about May 1969 (details unknown) and to Selhurst for repairs 13-May-69 then released to Eastleigh for C6 overhaul 25-Jun-69 and released 8-Aug-69.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing c.May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping, hauled to Gatwick 10-Jul-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 22‑Sep-71 from there.

2034

Unit commenced service 5-Dec-36.

Unit damaged near Raynes Park 19-Jun-44 by F/B blast, repaired at Durnsford Road.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and following withdrawal initially stored at Ford. After stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Micheldever, moving to Basingstoke 29-Mar-72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 6-Apr-72 from there.

2035

Unit commenced service 5-Dec-36.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 13-Jun-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 30-Jun-70. MBS 10601 cut-up 17-Jul-70 and DTC 12058 cut-up 8-Aug-70.

2036

Unit commenced service 5-Dec-36.

MBT 10602 slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43 and repaired at the depot by 26-May-43.

Unit suffered slight underframe damage about August 1963 (details unknown) and repaired during overhaul at Lancing between 13-Aug-63 and 6-Sep-63.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and following withdrawal unit initially stored at Ford. After stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store, moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 17‑Jan-72 from Basingstoke.

2037

Unit commenced service 12-Dec-36.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action in April 1941 (possibly at Streatham Hill 20-Apr-41 or Fratton depot 26-Apr41?) and repaired at Selhurst between 1-May-41 and 13-May-41.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and sent from Norwood Yard to Derby Research Centre 25-Jul-70 as an ‘Air Brake Test Unit’ numbered 024. MBS 10603 renumbered DS70321, DTC 12060 renumbered DS70322.

Unit withdrawn during 1972 (dumped in Chaddesden Sidings 5-Nov-72), and disposed of for scrap to Arnott Young (Bilston) Apr-73.

2038

Unit commenced service 12-Dec-36.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping unit spent periods in store at Three Bridges and Horsham before moving to Micheldever 29-Mar-71. Moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 30‑Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2039

Unit commenced service 12-Dec-36.

Unit damaged by H/E blast at Brighton station 18-May-42 but repaired there by 4-Jul-42.

Unit converted at Selhurst Nov-69 for Christmas mail & parcels traffic Dec-69 prior to withdrawal 27-Dec-69. After further stripping unit stored at Gatwick then Norwood Yard, moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 16-May-70 from there.

2040

Unit commenced service 12-Dec-36.

Unit withdrawn 17-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Clapham Yard. Moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Feb-70 but train terminated at Hounslow with brake trouble and forward 26-Mar-70.

2041

Unit commenced service 19-Dec-36.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action (probably at New Cross Gate 7-Jul-44) and repaired at Lancing between 10-Jul-44 and 13-Jul-44.

Unit withdrawn 8-Feb-69 and after stripping at Slade Green unit moved to Gatwick for storage 23-Apr-69. Moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood, unit not arriving in yard until 30-May-69. DTC 12064 cut-up 19-Jun-69 and MBS 10607 cut-up 25-Jun-69.

2042

Unit commenced service 19-Dec-36.

Unit badly damaged by enemy action (details unknown) and to Eastleigh 28-Jun-42 for repair, not released until 30-Sep-43 now in malachite green.

Unit damaged about February 1955 and to Eastleigh for repairs between 14-Feb-55 and 14-Apr-55.

Unit withdrawn 21-Jun-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 1-Nov-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 5-Dec-69. Both cars cut-up 13-Dec-69.

2043

Unit commenced service 19-Dec-36.

Roof of MBT 10609 holed by H/E blast at Clapham Junction 8-Sep-40 but quickly repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Micheldever, arriving 8-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 27-May-71 from Basingstoke.

2044

Unit commenced service 19-Dec-36.

Unit damaged in collision with no.2678 at Wimbledon Park 31-Dec-61, not repaired at Lancing until 9-Aug-62 and released after overhaul 6-Nov-62.

MBS 10610 damaged in derailment at Reading c.May-66 and hauled to Micheldever 13-Jun-66 prior to C4 repair at Eastleigh between 9-Dec-66 and 15-Mar-67.

Unit withdrawn 8-Feb-69 and after stripping at Slade Green unit moved to Gatwick for storage 23-Apr-69. Moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood, unit not arriving in yard until 30-May-69. MBS 10610 cut-up 11-Jun-69 and DTC 12067 cut-up 13-Jun-69.

2045

Unit commenced service 1-Jan-37.

DTC 12068 damaged in collision with 4 COR no.3142 at Denville Jct, Havant 17-Jun-39, to Brighton for some repairs from 27-Jun-39 until 17-Nov-39 when unit moved to Lancing from 20-Nov-39 until released 1-Dec-39.

It is understood that unit no.2045 was operating (solo) a stopping train from Chichester when it overran the junction signals at Denville Junction. The DTC (trailing) was sideswiped by the leading coach of a Waterloo – Portsmouth train derailing both the 2 BIL DTC and the 4 COR motor coach adjacent to Havant East signalbox. It is possible that the second coach of the 4 COR may also have been partially derailed.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70. Unit withdrawn again 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Micheldever, arriving 2-Feb-71 and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 15-May-71 from there.

2046

Unit commenced service 1-Jan-37.

Unit damaged in a collision at Woking in 1937 (details?) and suffered a partial underframe collapse, but repaired (not recorded on record card!).

DTC 12069 slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 18-May-42, repaired at Streatham Hill by the following day.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action again at Brighton 25-May-43 and DTC 12069 again affected, repaired at depot 26-May-43.

Unit at Lancing for ‘slight damage’ repair between 29-Jul-54 and 15-Noc-54 (details unknown).

Unit derailed on trap points leaving Littlehampton 18-Nov-63 and both cars crushed together, repaired at Lancing between 23-Dec-63 and 5-Mar-64.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and initially stored at Gatwick, moving to Selhurst for stripping Apr-70 before moving for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Apr-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 30-Apr-70. Both cars cut-up 14-May-70.

2047

Unit commenced service 12-Feb-37.

Unit slightly damaged about Jul-61 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during overhaul between 21-Jul-61 and 16-Aug-61.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and initially stored at Gatwick, moving to Selhurst for stripping Apr-70 before moving for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Apr-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 23-Apr-70. MBS 10613 cut-up 30-Apr-70 and DTC 12070 cut-up 1-May-70.

2048

Unit commenced service 12-Feb-37.

MBS 10614 slightly damaged in derailment at Barnham 1-Aug-62.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 13-Jun-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 30-Jun-70. DTC 12071 cut-up 12-Aug-70 and MBS 10614 cut-up 14-Aug-70.

 

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Down EMU from Horsted Keynes passing Copyhold Junc, 31 Mar 1963 13780321633_593694acbc_o.jpg

31st March 1963 and a 2 BIL (possibly unit no.2059) passes
Copyhold Junction en route to Ardingly and Horsted Keynes

© Ian Nolan


 

Units Numbered 2049 ‑ 2116

This batch of units was authorised for the Portsmouth No. 2 electrification scheme and were identical to the previous batch with the exception of the final unit built. This whole batch were completed between August 1937 and January 1938; entering service working with the earlier units. These units carried their new 20xx numbers from new.

The final unit (no. 2116) of the batch was experimentally built of ‘all‑steel’ construction with steel panels welded onto a steel framework and differed slightly in appearance from the other units, particularly in the roof detail. It also had heavier self-contained Spencer-Moulton ‘mainline-style’ buffers rather than the solid shank type fitted to the earlier units.

Unit no. 2054 was outshopped from Lancing in August 1945 in a plain grey livery, presumably due to wartime paint shortages, gaining malachite green in September. Units gaining full yellow ends with green livery were nos. 2050 /2053 /2055 /2056 /2057 /2060 /2065 /2074 /2078 /2083 /2089 /2090 /2093 /2113 /2116, those with the yellow wrapping onto the bodyside were nos.2050 /2053 /2056 /2060 /2074 /2083 /2089 /2093 /2116, whilst the following were painted blue with full yellow ends nos.2052 /2058 /2062 /2064 /2067 /2072 /2074 /2075 /2080 /2086 /2090 /2098 /2099 /2101 /2103 /2104 /2111 /2112.

Unit formations were as shown below with date of delivery, date of withdrawal and date and location of scrapping.

 

Unit no.

Diag no.
Code

Unit new

MBT

2115
CA

DTC

2701
DA

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

2049

Aug-37

10615

12072

23-Aug-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2050

Aug-37

10616

12073

23-Jan-71

Oct-71

Bird Group, Long Marston

2051

12-Aug-37

10617

12074

9-May-70

Jan-71 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2052

12-Aug-37

10618

12075

27-Jun-70

Jan-71 

T. J. Thomson, Stockton

2053

17-Aug-37

10619

12076

4-Apr-70

Aug-70 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2054

17-Aug-37

10620

12077

4-Apr-70

Aug-70 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2055

24-Aug-37

10621

12078

12108 3

23-Jan-71

Sep-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2056

24-Aug-37

10622

12079

12231 4

23-Jan-71

Aug-71

Bird Group, Long Marston

2057

24-Aug-37

10623

12080

23-Jan-71

Aug-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2058

31-Aug-37

10624

12081

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2059

31-Aug-37

10625

12082

5-Nov-66

May-67 

Wimbledon Park depot

2060

2-Sep-37

10626

12083

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry

2061

2-Sep-37

10627

12084

4-Apr-70

Aug-70 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2062

7-Sep-37

10628

12085

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2063

7-Sep-37

10629

12086

10-Jan-70

May-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2064

7-Sep-37

10630

12087

21-Nov-70

Jul-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2065

14-Sep-37

10631

12088

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2066

14-Sep-37

10632

12089

9-May-70

Aug-70 

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry

2067

16-Sep-37

10633

12090

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2068

16-Sep-37

10634

12091

21-Nov-70

Jun-71 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2069

21-Sep-37

10635

12092

12858 5

23-Jan-71

May-71 

T. J. Thomson, Stockton

                      

Notes

#3

‘Early type’ 2 BIL DTC diagram 2700.

#4

‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2702, Code DE.

#5 

‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2705, Code DQ.

 

                      

Unit no.

Unit new

MBT

DTC

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

Diag no.
Code

 

2115
CA

2701
DA

 

 

 

2070

21-Sep-37

10636

12093
12186
6
12093

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2071

21-Sep-37

10637

12094

14-Jun-69

Oct-70

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2072

29-Sep-37

10638

12095

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2073

29-Sep-37

10639

12096

13-Sep-69

Apr-70 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2074

1-Oct-37

10640

12097

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2075

1-Oct-37

10641

12098

21-Nov-70

Jun-71 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2076

7-Oct-37

10642

12099

20-Sep-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2077

7-Oct-37

10643

12100

27-Sep-69

Jan-70 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2078

7-Oct-37

10644

12111

23-Jan-71

May-71 

T. J. Thomson, Stockton

2079

12-Oct-37

10645

12112

26-Jul-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2080

12-Oct-37

10646

12113

24-May-69

Oct-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2081

14-Oct-37

10647

12114

23-Jan-71

May-71 

T. J. Thomson, Stockton

2082

14-Oct-37

10648

12115

9-May-70

Jan-71 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2083

19-Oct-37

10649

12116

23-Jan-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2084

19-Oct-37

10650

12117

23-Jan-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2085

19-Oct-37

10651

12118

27-Dec-69

May-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2086

21-Oct-37

10652

12119

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2087

21-Oct-37

10653

12120

12-Sep-70

Nov-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2088

28-Oct-37

10654

12121
12807 7

11-Aug-62

Aug-62

Barnham accident
(cut up on site)

2089

28-Oct-37

10655

12122

11-Oct-69

Mar-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2090

2-Nov-37

10656

12123

11-Sep-71

 

Preserved by NRM

2091

2-Nov-37

10657

12124

11-Oct-69

Jan-70 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2092

2-Nov-37

10658

12125

8-Feb-69

Jul-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2093

9-Nov-37

10659

12126

27-Sep-69

Mar-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2094

9-Nov-37

10660

12127

13-Sep-69

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2095

11-Nov-37

10661

12128

4-Apr-70

Jun-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2096

11-Nov-37

10662

12129
12101 8

27-Dec-69

May-70 

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry

2097

16-Nov-37

10663

12130

13-Sep-69

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2098

16-Nov-37

10664

12131

11-Sep-71

Apr-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston

2099

16-Nov-37

10665

12132

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2100

23-Nov-37

10666

12133
12857 9

22-Aug-70

Dec-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2101

23-Nov-37

10667

12134

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2102

25-Nov-37

10668

12135

4-Sep-40

Sep-40

Destroyed by enemy action at Portsmouth Harbour

2103

25-Nov-37

10669

12136

23-Jan-71

May-71 

T. J. Thomson, Stockton

2104

30-Nov-37

10670

12137

12-Jun-71

Jun-72 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham.

2105

30-Nov-37

10671

12138

23-Oct-65

See notes

 

                                          

Notes

#6

 ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2702, Code DE.

#7

‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2702, Code DE.

#8

‘Early type’ 2 BIL DTC diagram 2700.

#9 

‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2705, Code DQ.

 

 

Unit no.

Unit new

MBT

DTC

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

Diag no.
Code

 

2115
CA

2701
DA

 

 

 

2106

30-Nov-37

10672

12139

8-Feb-69

Jun-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2107

7-Dec-37

10673

12140

6-Sep-69

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2108

7-Dec-37

10674

12141

2-Aug-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2109

7-Dec-37

10675

12142

21-Jun-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2110

14-Dec-37

10676

12143

7-Mar-70

Jun-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2111

14-Dec-37

10677

12144

9-Oct-71

Feb-72 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2112

16-Dec-37

10678

12145

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2113

16-Dec-37

10679

12146
12196
10
12146

23-Jan-71

May-71 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2114

3-Jan-38

10680

12147

21-Nov-70

Jul-71 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2115

3-Jan-38

10681

12148

11-Oct-69

Mar-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2116

25-Jan-38

10682

12149

12-Sep-70

Nov-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

 

Notes

#10 

'1939 type' 2 HAL DTC Diagram 2702, Code DE.

 

 

Individual Unit Notes Nos.2049 - 2116

2049

Unit commenced service 13-Aug-37.

DTC 12072 damaged about October 1954 (details unknown, possible collision with no.2101?) and temporarily exchanged with DTC 12134 (ex.2101) and misformed until unit sent to Lancing 11-Mar-55 for overhaul, released 13-Apr-55 in original formation.

DTC 12072 again damaged about November 1959 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 13-Nov-59 and 25-Aug-60, MBS 10615 being spare until sent to Eastleigh for overhaul 19-Apr-60.

Unit withdrawn 23-Aug-69 and after stripping unit stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 1-Dec-69. DTC 12072 cut-up 6-Dec-69 and MBS 10615 cut-up 9-Dec-69.

2050

Unit commenced service 13-Aug-37.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping unit spent periods in store at Three Bridges and Horsham before moving to Micheldever 29-Mar-71. Moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 30‑Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2051

Unit commenced service 21-Aug-37.

DTC 12074 damaged by enemy action at Durnsford Road 22-Mar-44, repaired at the depot by 14-Apr-44.

Unit withdrawn 9-May-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 5‑Sep-70 from there. Not broken‑up until Jan-71.

2052

Unit commenced service 21-Aug-37

Unit withdrawn 27-Jun-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 9-Jan-71 from there.

2053

Unit commenced service 28-Aug-37.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 25-Jul-70 from there.

2054

Unit commenced service 21-Aug-37.

Unit slightly damaged by V2 (flying bomb) blast near Brockley 1-Nov-44, repaired at Selhurst by 3-Nov-44.

Outshopped from Lancing 3-Aug-45 in works grey but gained malachite green from 14-Sep-45 presumably due to wartime paint shortages.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 25-Jul-70 from there.

2055

Unit commenced service 3-Sep-37.

Unit damaged c.Nov-50 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 7-Nov-50 and 11-May-51.

DTC 12078 damaged in collision at Wimbledon Park 14-Mar-68 and to no.2007 Jun-68. Replaced by 12108 (ex.2007), unit reformed at Selhurst and overhauled there between 19-Jun-68 and 29-Aug-68.

Unit out of use at Ascot by end of 1970 and moved to Lancing for store 1‑Jan-71 and withdrawn there 23‑Jan-71. Moved to Selhurst for stripping 24-Apr-71, then hauled to Micheldever and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 8‑Sep-71 from Basingstoke.

2056

Unit commenced service 3-Sep-37.

DTC 12079 withdrawn after collision at Brighton 31-Dec-46 (details unknown) and condemned 1-Nov-47, (disposal unknown, probably broken-up at Lancing c.Jan-48), MBT 10622 at Eastleigh for repairs between 11-Jun-47 and 23-Sep-47 then spare until unit reformed at Lancing during overhaul between 7-Jan-48 and 9-Feb-48 with ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC 12231 (ex.2646) Nov-47. Unit then weighed 74 tons 17cwt.

With MBS 10622 leading this hybrid unit ran into the sand drag and buffers by New England Road Bridge, Brighton c.18-Jan-52. There was extensive damage to both the MBS and DTC 12231 (the end next to the MBS and first compartment appear to have been more or less destroyed?). Unit repaired at Lancing between 23-Jan-52 and 7-Aug-52.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever 24-May-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 5-Aug-71 from Basingstoke.

2057

Unit commenced service 3-Sep-37.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever 24-May-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 5-Aug-71 from Basingstoke.

2058

Unit commenced service 3-Sep-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Bogor 11-Apr-41.

Unit out of use for a while damaged during 1957 (details unknown, possibly derailment between Brookwood and Farnborough at 6:33pm on 22-Nov-56 when a broken rail led to the partial derailment of the rearmost bogie of the eight-coach 5:37pm Waterloo to Ascot via Woking train formed of two-car units which in turn was sidescraped by the passing 6pm Waterloo to Plymouth train). Unit at Eastleigh for repairs between 3-May-57 and 10-Jul-57 then to Lancing for ‘E5’ repair and paint into BR green livery, released 26-Aug-57.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing c.May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Gatwick Oct-Jul-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 22‑Sep-71 from there.

2059

Unit commenced service 14-Sep-37.

Both cars withdrawn 5-Nov-66 following collision with 4 COR unit no.3135 at Wimbledon Park 20-Jun-66. Unit stripped and broken-up on site by 6-May-67.

2060

Unit commenced service 14-Sep-37.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping sent to scrapping to Milton Metals. (Briton Ferry) 3-Oct-70 from Norwood Yard.

2061

Unit commenced service 15-Sep-37.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action in April 1941 (possibly at Streatham Hill 20-Apr-41 or Fratton depot 26-Apr-41) and repaired at Selhurst between 1-May-41 and 13-May-41.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 25-Jul-70 from there.

2062

Unit commenced service 15-Sep-37.

One cab damaged (which?) by enemy machine gun fire near Alton 3-Nov-40.

Following withdrawal 12-Jun-71 unit initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst for stripping 10-Jul-71. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3-Nov-71.

2063

Unit commenced service 15-Sep-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43 but repaired at the depot by 27-May-43.

Unit (with no.2004) in buffer stop collision in Woking Down Sidings 25-Mar-63 and MBS 10629 derailed. Both cars damaged and unit to Lancing for repairs 8-Apr-63 and released 1-May-63.

Following withdrawal 10-Jan-70 unit initially stored at Gatwick, moving to Selhurst for stripping Apr-70 before moving for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Apr-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 23-Apr-70. DTC 12086 cut-up 2-May-70 and MBS 10629 cut-up 5-May-70.

2064

Unit commenced service 15-Sep-37.

Unit damaged c.Jan-55 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 24-Jan-55 and 13-May-55.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping unit moved from Selhurst to Micheldever arriving 2Sep-Mar-71 and stored until moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marson) 19-Jul-71 from there.

2065

Unit commenced service 25-Sep-37.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping sent for scrapping to Milton Metal. (Cardiff) 19-Sep-70 but train delayed at Old Oak Common until 19-Oct-70.

2066

Unit commenced service 25-Sep-37

Unit slightly damaged by enemy machine gun fire near Galley Hill 9-May-42, repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70, withdrawn again 9-May-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals (Briton Ferry) 8-Aug-70 from there.

2067

Unit commenced service 25-Sep-37.

Unit stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and moved to Selhurst for stripping. Hauled to Micheldever 24-Jun-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 7‑Sep-71 from there.

2068

Unit commenced service 25-Sep-37.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70, withdrawn again 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Micheldever, arriving 8-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 27-May-71 from Basingstoke.

2069

Unit commenced service 24-Sep-37.

Unit damaged by enemy machine gun fire near Galley Hill 9-May 42 and to Lancing for repair 19-May-42, released 16-Jun-42.

Unit involved in Ford collision at 11:58am on 5-Aug-51 and DTC 12092 badly damaged and withdrawn 22‑Sep-51 (disposal details unknown, possibly Eastleigh as there 2-Oct-51).

                The six-coach 11.17am Brighton to Portsmouth train (booked to stop in Ford’s Down main platform) passed the home signal at danger and collided at about 18 mph with the rear of the eight-coach 10:47am Three Bridges to Bognor Regis train which as standing in the Down Loop platform waiting for the Portsmouth train to pass. Both trains were formed of two-coach units.

                The first coach of the Portsmouth train and the rear coach of the Bognor Regis train were telescoped together for about 40’; four other coaches were also damaged to varying degrees.

Motorman Sherwood was driving the Portsmouth train and was killed instantly. Eight passengers died, forty-seven were injured with forty detained in hospital.

MBT 10635 to Lancing 27-Nov-51 for initial repairs, released 31-Jan-52 (along with 10666 of unit no.2100) and both sent for store to Farnham, returning to Lancing 17-Mar-54 for further repairs and overhaul, released 29-Oct-54, probably to Eastleigh, still with 10666 to await completion of new ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12858, built Feb-55. Interior had EPB-style Formica and veneer finish. Unit then 129' 6" long and weighed 74½ tons, and MBT fitted with heavier self-contained Spencer-Moulton ‘mainline-style’ buffers.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Basingstoke 27-Feb-71 then on to Micheldever, 1-Mar-71 for store, moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 7-May-71 from there.

2070

Unit commenced service 24-Sep-37.

Unit damaged about Jun-56 (probable depot collision with 2 HAL no.2601) and MBS 10636 badly damaged, formed with damaged ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC 12186 (ex.2601) and to Eastleigh for repairs between 21-Jun-56 and 31-Jul-57. DTC 12093 temporarily to 2 HAL DTC 12186 and ran until both units reformed to at Lancing during overhauls between 15-Aug-57 and 4-Sep-57 when unit no.2070 back into traffic. Unit weighed 74 tons 17cwt for duration of this change.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping sent for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 19-Sep-70 but train delayed at Old Oak Common until 19-Oct-70.

2071

Unit commenced service 24-Sep-37.

Unit withdrawn 14-Jun-69 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Herne Hill then Battersea Yard, then moved to Micheldever 25-Jun-70 and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 29-Sep-70 from Basingstoke.

2072

Unit commenced service 1-Oct-37.

Unit out of use and stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 then moved to Selhurst for stripping 4-Jun-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71, hauled to Micheldever for store and finally Feltham, moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 15‑Sep-71.

2073

Unit commenced service 1-Oct-37.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Clapham Yard. Moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Feb-70 but train terminated at Hounslow with brake trouble and forward 26-Mar-70.

2074

Unit commenced service 12-Oct-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Aldershot 26-Feb-44 and repaired at Durnsford Road.

Unit stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and moved to Selhurst for stripping. Hauled to Micheldever 24-Jun-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 7‑Sep-71 from there.

2075

Unit commenced service 12-Oct-37.

Unit slightly damaged by anti-aircraft shell in Durnsford Road sidings 24-Feb-44 and repaired at the depot.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping at Selhurst unit stored at Micheldever, arriving 8-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 27-May-71 from Basingstoke.

2076

Unit commenced service 13-Oct-37.

Unit damaged c.Sep-63 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during overhaul between 16-Sep-63 and 26-Sep-63.

Unit withdrawn 20-Sep-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 1-Nov-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 11-Dec-69. MBS 10642 cut-up 19-Dec-69 and DTC 12099 cut-up 20-Dec-69.

2077

Unit commenced service 13-Oct-37.

Unit damaged by V2 rocket blast near Brockley 1-Nov-44 and repaired at Selhurst between 2-Nov-44 and 11-Nov-44.

Very minor damage to unit at Wimbledon Park 22-Oct-62 when DTC 1210 took two roads, not derailed but centre buffer overran the rubbing plate.

Unit at Selhurst for minor damage repair 22-Aug-67 until 23-Aug-67 (details unknown).

Unit withdrawn 27-Sep-67 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group (Long Marston) 24‑Jan-70 from there.

2078

Unit commenced service 13-Oct-37.

Unit left standing foul in Peckham Rye depot 18-Apr-61 and no.5162 sidescraped past it damaging cab end of DTC 12111, unit to Lancing for repairs between 1-May-61 and 16-May-61.

Unit derailed on faulty points at Hampden Park 3-Jan-64.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Basingstoke 27-Feb-71 then on to Micheldever, 1-Mar-71 for store, moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 7-May-71 from there.

2079

Unit commenced service 19-Oct-37.

Unit damaged about October 1958 (details unknown) and at Lancing for repairs between 29-Oct-58 and 13-Nov-58.

Unit derailed on trap points leaving Littlehampton 18-Nov-63 but repaired.

Unit withdrawn 26-Jul-69 and after stripping unit stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 29-Oct-69. MBS 10645 cut-up 12-Nov-69 and DTC 12112 cut-up 15-Nov-69.

2080

Unit commenced service 19-Oct-37.

Unit badly damaged at Balham Jct. in collision with derailed goods train 15-May-69 and withdrawn 24-May-69. Part of bodyside of MBS 10646 torn out. 2 HAL unit no. 2696 was also damaged. Damaged unit stored at Gatwick then Guildford, moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9-Sep-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 19-Sep-69. MBS 10646 cut-up 3-Oct-69 and DTC 12113 cut-up 4-Oct-69.

2081

Unit commenced service 22-Oct-37.

Unit possibly damaged about January 1952 (details unknown) as at Eastleigh for repairs between 4-Feb-52 and 27-Mar-52.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Basingstoke 27-Feb-71 then on to Micheldever, 1-Mar-71 for store, moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 7-May-71 from there.

2082

Unit commenced service 22-Oct-37.

Unit withdrawn 9-May-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals. (Cardiff) 5‑Sep-70 from there. Not broken‑up until Jan-71.

2083

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-37.

Unit to Lancing for programmed ‘E’ overhaul 18-Jan-47 but found to have underframe damage, sent to Eastleigh 21-Apr-47 and repaired by 9-Jun-47 when returned to Lancing and overhauled, released 8-Jul-47.

Unit stored at Norwood Yard prior to withdrawal 23‑Jan-71 but sent in error on scrap train to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) without stripping and still with shoegear fitted 1-Sep-71. Unit detached at Eaglescliffe and subsequently returned to Selhurst for stripping.

Unit then used for accident exercises at Ashford, moving to Wimbledon Park in early April 1971 before being taken to Three Bridges for a further exercise there on 12-Jun-71.

Unit then moved to Micheldever for storage 26-Jul-71, and on to Feltham 16-Nov-71. Unit moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Dec-71 from there.

2084

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-37.

Unit stored at Norwood Yard prior to withdrawal 23‑Jan-71 but sent in error on scrap train to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) without stripping and still with shoegear fitted 1-Sep-71. Unit detached at Bedford and subsequently returned to Selhurst for stripping 20-Feb-71.

Unit then used for accident exercises at Ashford, moving to Wimbledon Park in early April 1971 before being taken to Three Bridges for a further exercise there on 12-Jun-71.

Unit then moved to Micheldever for storage 26-Jul-71, and on to Feltham 16-Nov-71. Unit moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Dec-71 from there.

2085

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-37.

Unit damaged in Dec-46 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 1-Jan-47 and 9-Jun-47 then moved to Lancing for overhaul from 13-Jun-47 until 8-Jul-47.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov-69 for Christmas mail traffic Dec-69 prior to withdrawal 27-Dec-69.

Unit further stripped at stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 16-May-70 from there.

2086

Unit commenced service 1-Nov-37.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst for stripping 10-Jul-71. Unit then stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3-Nov-71.

2087

Unit commenced service 1-Nov-37.

Unit damaged c.Jul-53 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 9-Jul-53 and 8-Sep-53.

Unit withdrawn 12-Sep-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 21-Nov-70 from there.

2088

Unit commenced service 12-Nov-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43, repaired in the depot by following day.

Body of DTC 12121 badly damaged in collision with unit no.2653 at 08:19am at Littlehampton on 30-Nov-49 and withdrawn 25-Feb-50.

Formed of eight-coaches, as the 8:4am Bognor Regis to London Bridge (via Littlehampton) was entering platform 3 at 20 mph under clear signals it collided with the two-coach 8:18am Littlehampton to Ford train which left platform 2 against a red starting signal.

All the wheels of the two leading coaches of the 8:4am train were derailed; 25’ of the offside panelling of the leading coach was stripped off. Foul of the Down line the leading bogie of the 8:18am was derailed and the corner of the motorman’s cab driven in.

DTC 12121 was replaced by ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC 12807 (ex.2653) and reformed unit overhauled at Lancing between 14-Feb-50 and 21-Apr-50 when released in new formation. Unit then weighed 74 tons 17cwt. Underframe of 12121 used in construction of ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12854 for unit no.2653 completed 29-Dec-50.

Unit overturned in derailment at 11:03am at Barnham on 1-Aug-62 when its motorcoach 10654 was leading the 6-car 10:17 am Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour service.

As the train entered Barnham station it derailed on the partially open switches of a facing turnout number 8 (leading into the platform loop) causing the left-hand wheels of the leading bogie to travelled up the Down platform ramp and the rear of coach 10654 swung to the right against the Up platform so coach 10654 came to rest on its right-hand side diagonally across both lines between the platforms, some 85 yards from the toe of the open switch and 40 yards past the beginning of the platform ramp; its body separating from the underframe in the process.

The front of the second coach (ex.HAL DTC 12807) followed the rear of 10654 and partially overturned on its right-hand side; leaning against the Up platform. The rear four coaches were not derailed and suffered only slight damage. The derailment tripped the traction current.

Thirty-seven of the two-hundred and fifty passengers and Driver A. Light were injured; Guard J.E. Sands suffered shock.

The turnout had moved because of a loose washer had bridged the reverse operating wire contact (electrical circuit) energising the motor (Westinghouse style M3) when signal 21 was replaced as the train passed.

Following the Barnham derailment unit no.2088 was withdrawn 11-Aug-62 and bodies broken-up on site 22-Aug-62. Damaged underframes and bogies sent to Newhaven for disposal.

2089

Unit commenced service 12-Nov-37.

Unit badly damaged by enemy action at Bognor 11-Apr-41 and to Eastleigh for repairs between 15-Apr-41 and 26-Feb-42, released in malachite green.

Unit again damaged by enemy action about Sep-42 (details unknown) and to Eastleigh for repairs between 21-Sep-42 and 22-Dec-42.

Unit painted into early BR green livery during overhaul at Lancing between 18-Mar-49 and 13-May-49.

MBS 10655 damaged by fire about Feb-67 (details unknown) and unit to Eastleigh 1-Mar-67 for C5 overhaul and repair, released 3-May-67 still green but with full yellow ends.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping stored at Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 17-Feb-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 26-Feb-70. MBS 10655 cut-up 11-Mar-70 and DTC 12122 cut-up 12-Mar-70.

2090

Unit commenced service 12-Nov-37.

MBS 10656 damaged in Eastbourne sidings when struck by unit no.2947 10-Jan-65, to Micheldever for store until moved to Eastleigh for repair 27-Jul-65 and released 27-Aug-65.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 though out of use since 28-Jul-71 and briefly stored at Ford prior to moving to Preston Park 14-Aug-71 for secure storage as part of the National Collection, officially transferred 6-Apr-72. Later restored for limited use on special occasions and open days etc.

Both cars allocated numbers in the ‘Private Owner’ series, 10656 as NRMY 99951, 12123 as NRMY 99952, these carried on plate on underframe, original numbers still being displayed on vehicle sides. After a period in store at Lovers Walk, then West Worthing where unit suffered some vandal damage, unit moved to secure storage at St Leonards depot Aug-96.

DTC 12123 moved by road to York 17-May-03 and MBS 10656 followed in June, both cars then underwent restoration at York National Railway Museum (NRM) prior to moving to the NRM outstation at Shildon for display.

2091

Unit commenced service 12-Nov-37.

Unit badly damaged by enemy action at Bognor 11-Apr-41, repaired at Eastleigh between 15-Apr-41 and 22-Sep-41.

Unit again damaged by enemy action at Brighton 12-Oct-42, repaired at the depot by 19-Oct-42.

Unit damaged c.Jul-58 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 7-Jul-58 and 10-Sep-58.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping stored at Herne Hill and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 17‑Jan-70 from there.

2092

Unit commenced service 12-Nov-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Bognor 11-Apr-41, repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn 8-Feb-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood unit not arriving in yard until 6-Jun-69. MBS 10658 cut-up 30-Jun-69 and DTC 12125 1-Jul-69.

2093

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Eastbourne 12-Aug-42 and repaired at Brighton by 21-Sep-42.

Unit withdrawn 27-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 17-Feb-70 from there, arrived in yard 20-Feb-70. DTC 12126 cut-up 25-Feb-70 and MBS 10659 cut-up 3-Mar-70.

2094

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action (probably at New Cross Gate 7-Jul-44) and repaired at Lancing between 10-Jul-44 and 13-Jul-44.

Unit damaged c.May-52 (details unknown) as at Eastleigh for underframe? repair between 5-May-52 and 13-May-52 then at Lancing for further repairs from 27-May-52 until 5-Sep-52.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and initially stored at Gatwick. After stripping unit returned to Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marson) 8-Nov-69 from there.

2095

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action in Oct-40 (possibly at Durnsford Road 17-Oct-40) and repaired at Eastleigh between 23-Oct-40 and 11-Nov-40.

Unit damaged about Sep-44 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 22-Sep-44 and 13-Oct-44.

Unit damaged again c.Jul-52 (details unknown) and repaired at Eastleigh between 9-Jul-52 and 3-Oct-52.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping at Selhurst hauled to Micheldever 8-Apr-70 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 28-May-70 from there.

2096

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

Unit damaged c.Mar-59 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 11-Mar-59 and 9-Apr-59.

DTC 12129 was damaged (corner of the cab on the secondman’s side) in a sidescrape collision with the second open of solo 4 BIG unit no.7033 at Lovers Walk 23-Jun-68 and exchanged with 12101 (ex.2010) Jul-68. DTC had small yellow warning panels and UIC yellow first-class banding.

Unit withdrawn 27-Dec-69 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to Milton Metals, (Briton Ferry) Sep-May-70 from there.

2097

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 8-Nov-69 from there.

2098

Unit commenced service 19-Nov-37.

MBS 10664 damaged in collision with a van train at Hove 2-Nov-49, repaired at Eastleigh between 2-Dec-49 and 11-Jan-50, then overhauled at Lancing from 19-Jan-50 and released 28-Feb-50.

Unit to Selhurst for ‘varnish’ 4-Jun-69 but this not carried out and unit to Eastleigh for 21-Jul-69 for C6 overhaul, released 29-Aug-69 in blue livery.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70.

Unit withdrawn again 11-Sep-71 and initially stored at Ford and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Micheldever, moving to Basingstoke 29-Mar-72. Moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 6-Apr-72 from there.

2099

Unit commenced service 29-Nov-37.

Unit stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and moved to Selhurst for stripping. Hauled to Micheldever 24-Jun-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 7‑Sep-71 from there.

2100

Unit commenced service 29-Nov-37.

Unit involved in Ford collision 5-Aug-51 and DTC 12133 badly damaged and withdrawn 22‑Sep-51 (body disposal details unknown but probably at Eastleigh as underframe sent there for rebodying).

The six-coach 11.17am Brighton to Portsmouth train (booked to stop in Ford’s Down main platform) passed the home signal at danger and collided at about 18 mph with the rear of the eight-coach 10:47am Three Bridges to Bognor Regis train which was standing in the Down Loop platform waiting for the Portsmouth train to pass. Both trains were formed of four two-coach units.

The first coach of the Portsmouth train and the rear coach of the Bognor Regis train were telescoped together for about 40’; four other coaches were also damaged to varying degrees.

Motorman Sherwood was driving the Portsmouth train and was killed instantly. Eight passengers died, forty-seven were injured with forty detained in hospital.

MBT 10666 to Lancing 27-Nov-51 for initial repairs, released 31-Dec-52 (along with 10635 of 2069) and both sent for store to Farnham, returning to Lancing 17-May-54 for further repair and overhaul, released 29-Oct-54, probably to Eastleigh (still with 10635) to await completion of new ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12857, built Feb-55. Interior had EPB-style Formica and veneer finish.  Unit then 129' 6" long and weighed 74½ tons and MBT fitted with heavier self-contained Spencer-Moulton ‘mainline-style’ buffers. Underframe of 12133 used in construction of ‘all-steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12856 for unit 2133.

Unit withdrawn 22-Aug-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 5-Dec-70 from there.

2101

Unit commenced service 10-Dec-37.

MBT 10667 damaged about October 1954 (details unknown, possible collision with unit no.2049?). DTC 12134  temporarily exchanged with damaged 12072 (ex.2049) and misformed unit sent to Eastleigh 18-Oct-54 for repair, released 30-Nov-54. Unit then to Lancing for overhaul 27-Jan-55 and released back in original formation 4-May-55.

Unit ‘ran away’ at Streatham Hill and in collision with buffers near Balham 12-Jul-63 and badly damaged, but repaired at Eastleigh between 24-Jan-64 and 29-May-64 (with air horns) after a period of storage at Micheldever.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 24-Jul-71. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3-Nov-71.

2102

Unit commenced service 10-Dec-37.

Both cars destroyed by enemy action at Portsmouth Harbour 12-Aug-40 and unit withdrawn 4‑Sep-40. Underframes scrapped at Lancing during 1943, that of 10668 30-Jun-43.

2103

Unit commenced service 10-Dec-37

Unit damaged about Feb-43 and at Eastleigh for repair (lift only) between 16-Feb-43 and 7-May-43.

Unit in collision with 4 SUB unis nos.4717 & 4703 at Wimbledon Park 24-Nov-70 and DTC 12136 cab damaged. Unit withdrawn 23‑Jan-71 and hauled to Micheldever 5-Feb-71 for store and moved for scrapping to T. J. Thomson Ltd. (Stockton) 15-May-71 from there.

2104

Unit commenced service 10-Dec-37.

Unit to Selhurst for ‘varnish’ 21-Jul-69 but this not carried out and unit to Eastleigh 8-Sep-69 for C3 overhaul, released 23-Sep-69 in blue livery.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Gatwick and after stripping returned there for storage prior to moving to Weymouth 25-Mar-72 and later back to Brockenhurst.

Unit moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) on 12-Jun-72 but train delayed at Hounslow and forward from there on 20-Jun-72.

2105

Unit commenced service 11-Dec-37.

Unit in collision with ‘Queen Mary’ bus at 09:31hrs on Roundstone Level Crossing near (near Worthing) 22-Aug-65 and DTC 12138 derailed, damaged by fire (from the bus) and withdrawn 6-Nov-65.

Running about 15 minutes late in thick fog the 08:47hrs Down four-coach electric train (pair of two-car units) ran through the crossing gates at Roundstone Level Crossing which had been incorrectly opened for road traffic.

The train collided (possibly at about 35mph) with a Southdown 69-seat double-deck ‘Queen Mary’ bus pushing it some 54 yards along the line. The bus caught fire and was completely burned out. The leading bogie of unit no.2105 was derailed and the coach damaged by fire. Eight bus passengers perished in the incident.

Prior to the incident unit no.2105 had been last painted in 1959 and varnished in 1963.

Body of 12138 scrapped at Brighton Nov-65. MBS 10671 and frame of 12138 both to store at Micheldever 5-Dec-65 until moved to Eastleigh 9-Dec-66 for C6 overhaul and MBS 10671 formed into 4 LAV unit no.2943 from 22-Feb-67.

Underframe of 12138 appears to have had damaged body of 4 LAV MBS 10945 (ex.2943) mounted onto it, then sent to Micheldever for store 13-Mar-67. This vehicle returned to Eastleigh 14-Feb-68 and broken-up 23-Feb-68.

2106

Unit commenced service 11-Dec-37.

Unit possibly damaged c.May-40 as at Brighton depot for repairs from 9-May-40 until 17-Jun-40 thence to Lancing for overhaul from 19-Jun-40 until 11-Jul-40.

Unit withdrawn 8-Feb-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood, unit not arriving in yard until 6-Jun-69. MBS 10672 cut-up 23-Jun-69 and DTC 12139 cut-up 27-Jun-69.

2107

Unit commenced service 11-Dec-37.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Durnsford Road 8-Sep-40, repaired at the depot.

Unit to Eastleigh for underframe repairs from 19-Jul-48 until 25-Aug-48.

Unit damaged c.Aug-51 (details unknown) and to Eastleigh for repairs from 13-Aug-51 until 19-Sep-51 then to Lancing for overhaul between 27-Sep-51 and 11-Dec-51.

Unit withdrawn 6-Sep-69 and after stripping unit stored at Polegate and later Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 22-Nov-69 from there.

2108

Unit commenced service 11-Dec-37.

Unit withdrawn 2-Aug-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 11-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 22-Oct-69. DTC 12141 cut-up 1-Nov-69 and MBS 10674 cut-up 5-Nov-69.

2109

Unit commenced service 11-Dec-37.

Unit withdrawn 21-Jun-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 11-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 22-Oct-69. DTC 12142 cut-up 13-Nov-69 and MBS 10675 cut-up 11-Nov-69.

2110

Unit commenced service 18-Dec-37.

Unit damaged c.Sep-69 (details unknown) and to Selhurst for repairs between 16-Sep-69, released 5-Dec-69 and sent to Eastleigh 8-Dec-69 for C6 repair, but not carried out and unit withdrawn 6-Mar-70.

After stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever 8-Apr-70 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 28-May-70 from there.

2111

Unit commenced service 18-Dec-37.

Unit retained after units withdrawn 29-Jul-71 to work final railtour 25‑Sep-71 then withdrawn 9-Oct-71 and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Shalford from 13‑Jan-72. Moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 11-Feb-72 from there.

2112

Unit commenced service 24-Dec-37.

Unit slightly damaged c.Sep-69 and repaired at Selhurst between 30-Oct-69 and 3-Nov-69.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9-Sep-71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec-71.

2113

Unit commenced service 24-Dec-37.

Unit believed damaged by enemy action in Oct-40 (possibly at Durnsford Road 17-Oct-40) and repaired at Eastleigh between 23-Oct-40 and 11-Nov-40.

Unit damaged by enemy action (probably at London Bridge 11-May-41) and repaired at Selhurst between 19-May-41 and 7-Jun-41.

Unit in collision with 2 HAL no.2611 at Durnsford Road about September 1959 and MBS 10679 damaged. DTC 12146 exchanged with damaged 12196 (ex.2611) from 14-Sep-59 and unit stored at Hassocks prior to repair at Lancing between 7-Dec-60 and 28-Feb-61 when reverted to original formation. Unit weighed 74 tons 17cwt for duration of this change.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever arriving 8-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 8-May-71 from there.

2114

Unit commenced service 7-Jan-38.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Eastbourne 12-Aug-42, repaired at Brighton by 2-Sep-42.

Unit damaged near Raynes Park  19-Jun-44 by F/B (Flying Bomb) blast, repaired at Durnsford Road.

Unit damaged c. Aug-58 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 1-Sep-58 and 17-Sep-58.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and stored initially at Lancing, after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever 25-May-71 for store and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 12-Jul-71 from there.

2115

Unit commenced service 28-Jan-38.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping unit stored at Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 17-Feb-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 26-Feb-70. DTC 12148 cut-up 7-Mar-70 and MBS 10681 cut-up 14-Mar-70.

2116

Unit commenced service 2-Mar-38.

Unit introduced with an experimental steel roof and individual curved gutters above each door.

Unit withdrawn 12-Sep-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 21-Nov-70 from there.

               

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2 BIL 2150 Bluebell Railway into Horsted Keynes 29 Oct 1961 14756836906_ecd1b3e331_o.jpg

29th October 1961 and 2 BIL unit no.2150 takes second-stage at Horsted Keynes

© Ian Nolan


 

Units Numbered 2117 ‑ 2152

Built between August and November 1938 this final batch of thirty-six 2 BIL units was authorised for the extension of electrification from Virginia Water to Reading (Southern), Ascot to Ash Vale and Aldershot (South Junction) to Guildford. This scheme covered 88 track miles and also included electrifying the local lines between Pirbright Junction and Sturt Lane Junction and round the spur to Frimley Junction though these lines were not used by regular timetabled electric trains.

Engineering work for this scheme was less extensive than that required for both the Portsmouth schemes and involved lengthening platforms to 540' where necessary and a new goods yard was provided at Virginia Water as a consequence of track layout alterations there.

At Ascot there were separate platforms for the Reading and Guildford lines and a new spur was provided at the west end of the station to allow the splitting of electric trains there for both routes. This required the provision of a new signal box and the new arrangements being brought into use from 16th October 1938.

Berthing sidings were provided at Reading and additional sidings electrified at Guildford. Power supplies for this scheme saw current taken from the CEGB at Reading and distributed to ten rectifier substations, six of these between Virginia Water and Reading, three between Ascot and Ash Vale and one between Aldershot and Guildford. These were controlled from the existing control room at Woking.

Commencement of Services

Trial running of electric trains began from 30th October 1938, though a unit had been steam‑hauled to Reading on 23rd October for shoe clearance trials, and the full public service commenced from 1st January 1939 although the official opening had taken place on 30th December 1938 when a 4 BUF unit ran from Waterloo to Reading picking up Mayors, Town Clerks and other civic leaders en-route.

The train service consisted of trains at ½ hourly frequency running fast from Waterloo to Staines and dividing at Ascot for Reading & Guildford, the Guildford portion reversing at Aldershot. In busy hours the frequency stepped up to every twenty minutes and there were a few trains from Ascot to Woking via Aldershot with London connections to avoid Camberley line passengers having to change at Ash Vale.

Delivery Units nos.2117 ‑ 2152

Units nos.2117 ‑ 2152 provided for this scheme were delivered from September 1938 to February 1939 and the bodies were identical to those of the previous two batches of units with the exception of the use of wider ‘Alpax’ aluminium flanges around the window frames. This batch also had stronger underframes (through the provision of additional cross-bracing) and heavier self-contained Spencer Moulton buffers (instead of the lighter ‘suburban-style’) and each vehicle was heavier, the MBTs now weighing 44 tons 8cwt and the DTCs 31 tons 13cwt giving a revised unit total of 76 tons.

The strength of the pre-war SR electric stock was not great when compared to the post-war (pre-1951) Southern Region stock or proposed strength for 1951 British Railways stock. The shear strength of the body was taken at a point just above floor level with the figure based on the ultimate shear strength of the materials involved.

 

Type of Car

Strength of underframe to resist end thrust measured in tons

Shear strength of body end to resist telescoping measured in tons

Pre-war Motorcoach

60

44

Pre-war Driving Trailer

80

44

Post-war Motorcoach

106

146

Post-war Driving Trailer

90

146

Future BR Motorcoaches

150

230

Future BR Driving Trailers

150

230

 

Units gaining full yellow ends with green livery were nos.2137 /2151 whilst unit nos.2121/ 2130 /2141 /2146 /2147 & 2150 were similarly treated though with the yellow wrapping round onto the bodysides back as far as the leading edge of the driver's door.

The following units were painted blue with full yellow ends nos.2123 /2132 /2133 /2134 /2135 /2137 /2139 /2140 /2141 /2147 & 2149.

 

Unit formations were as shown below with date of delivery, date of withdrawal and date and location of scrapping.

 

Unit no.

New date

MBT

DTC

Withdrawn

Scrapping

Scrapped by

Diag no.
Code

 

2115
CA

2701
DA

 

 

 

2117

11-Aug-38

10683

12150

12-Sep-70

Nov-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2118

11-Aug-38

10684

12151

27-Dec-69

May-70 

Milton Metals, Briton Ferry

2119

18-Aug-38

10685

12152

13-Jan-45

Jan-45

Destroyed by enemy action (V2) at Peckham Rye depot

2120

18-Aug-38

10686

12153

12-Apr-69

Feb-70 

Fratton Depot

2121

18-Aug-38

10687

12154

2-Aug-69

Feb-70 

Fratton Depot

2122

25-Aug-38

10688

12155

8-Feb-69

Jul-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2123

25-Aug-38

10689

12156
12193 11

11-Sep-71

Mar-72 

J. McWilliam Ltd, Shettleston

2124

1-Sep-38

10690

12157

12-Sep-70

Nov-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2125

1-Sep-38

10691

12158

2-Aug-69

Dec-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2126

8-Sep-38

10692

12159

13-Sep-69

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2127

8-Sep-38

10693

12160

20-Sep-69

Nov-69

Bird Group, Long Marston

2128

8-Sep-38

10694

12161

11-Oct-69

Jan-70

Bird Group, Long Marston

2129

15-Sep-38

10695

12162

26-Jul-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2130

15-Sep-38

10696

12163

23-Jan-71

Jul-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2131

15-Sep-38

10697

12164

4-Sep-40

Sep-40

Destroyed enemy action at Portsmouth Harbour

2132

22-Sep-38

10698

12165

12-Jun-71

Sep-71 

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2133

22-Sep-38

10699

12166
12856 12

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2134

22-Sep-38

10700

12167

4-Jul-70

Dec-70

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2135

29-Sep-38

10701

12168

9-Oct-71

Feb-72 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2136

29-Sep-38

10702

12169

9-May-70

Jan-71 

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2137

4-Oct-38

10703

12170

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2138

6-Oct-38

10704

12171

18-Oct-69

Jan-70 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2139

6-Oct-38

10705

12172

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2140

13-Oct-38

10706

12173

9-Oct-71

Feb-72 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2141

13-Oct-38

10707

12174

12-Jun-71

Dec-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2142

20-Oct-38

10708

12175

10-May-69

Sep-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2143

20-Oct-38

10709

12176

26-Jul-69

Nov-69

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2144

27-Oct-38

10710

12177

11-Oct-69

Feb-70 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2145

27-Oct-38

10711

12178

10-Jan-70

May-70 

J. Cashmore Ltd, Newport

2146

3-Nov-38

10712

12179

23-Jan-71

Jul-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2147

3-Nov-38

10713

12180

12-Jun-71

Nov-71

A. King Ltd, Wymondham

2148

10-Nov-38

10714

12181

3-May-69

Oct-69 

Armytage Ltd, Sheepbridge

2149

10-Nov-38

10715

12182

11-Oct-69

Jan-70 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2150

17-Nov-38

10716

12183

21-Nov-70

Aug-71 

Bird Group, Long Marston

2151

17-Nov-38

10717

12184

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Cardiff

2152

24-Nov-38

10718

12185

4-Apr-70

Oct-70

Milton Metals, Cardiff

 

Notes

#11

‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2702, Code DE.

#12 

‘All-steel’ 2 HAL DTC diagram 2705, Code DQ.

 


Individual Unit Notes Nos.2117 - 2152

2117

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 12-Sep-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 21-Nov-70 from there.

2118

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit partly stripped at Selhurst Nov-69 for Christmas mail and parcels traffic Dec-69 prior to withdrawal 27-Dec-69.

Unit stored partly stripped at Balcombe until moved to Selhurst for further stripping, then stored at Norwood Yard until moved for scrapping to Milton Metals, (Briton Ferry) Sep-May-70 from there.

2119

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

DTC 12152 slightly damaged by enemy action at Clapham Yard 8-Sep-40, repaired at depot.

Unit wrecked by enemy action during V2 hit at Peckham Rye Depot 6‑Jan-45 and withdrawn 13‑Jan-45. Underframe of DTC 12152 used in repair of ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC 12191 in unit no.2606.

2120

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit (with 2018) rammed by loco-hauled train at Portsmouth Harbour 5-Apr-69 (details?) and withdrawn 12-Apr-69. Scrapped at Fratton by 21-Feb-70 by France Services.

2121

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit damaged in collision with 4 CIG unit no.7309 in Three Bridges Sidings c.1-Aug-69 and withdrawn 2-Aug-69. Unit stored in disused MPD until taken to Fratton for scrapping by 21-Feb-70 by France Services.

2122

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit damaged Feb-69 (location unknown) and withdrawn 8-Feb-69. After stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 6-May-69 from there, train delayed at Cricklewood, unit not arriving in yard until 11-Jul-69. DTC 12155 cut-up 17-Jul-69 and MBS 10688 cut-up 24-Jul-69.

2123

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit damaged about December 1951 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing during overhaul between 21-Dec-51 and 4-Feb-52.

DTC 12156 damaged about December 1967 (details unknown) and withdrawn 3‑Jan-68 and replaced by ‘1939 type’ 2 HAL DTC 12193 (ex.2608) and unit to Eastleigh 14-Feb-68 for C3 overhaul, released 22-Mar-68 in blue livery. DTC 12156 scrapped at A King Ltd, (Wymondham) Sep-68 formed as part of 4 LAV unit no.2941.

Unit withdrawn 11-Sep-71 and initially stored at Lancing prior to stripping at Selhurst, then stored at Weymouth, moving to Basingstoke 25-Feb-72 and moved for scrapping to J. McWilliam Ltd. (Shettleston) 23-Mar-72 from there.

2124

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70. Unit withdrawn 12-Sep-70 and after stripping stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 21-Nov-70 from there.

2125

Unit commenced service 6-Sep-38.

Unit damaged by enemy action (probably at New Cross Gate 21-Jul-44) and repaired at Lancing between 27-Jul-44 and 17-Aug-44.

Unit withdrawn 2-Aug-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 11-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 25-Nov-69. DTC 12158 cut-up 28-Nov-69 and MBS 10691 cut-up 2-Dec-69.

2126

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action at Littlehampton 9-Aug-42, repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn 13-Sep-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 8-Nov-69 from there.

2127

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit slightly damaged by enemy action near Ford 31-Aug-40, repaired at depot.

Unit withdrawn 20-Sep-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 8-Nov-69 from there.

2128

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 24‑Jan-70 from there.

2129

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit withdrawn 26-Jul-38 and after stripping unit stored at Balcombe and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 18-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 4-Nov-69. DTC 12162 cut-up 20-Nov-69 and MBS 10695 cut-up 26-Nov-69.

2130

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit slightly damaged about February 1945 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 8-Feb-45 and 26-Feb-45.

Unit damaged about May 1958 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 29-May-58 and 10-Sep-58.

Unit withdrawn 23-Jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store, arriving 29-Mar-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marson) 19-Jul-71 from there.

2131

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Both cars destroyed by enemy action at Portsmouth Harbour 12-Aug-40 (along with unit no.2102) and unit withdrawn 4‑Sep-40.

Underframes scrapped at Lancing during 1943, that of 10697 23-Jun-43 and that of 12164 18-Aug-43.

2132

Unit commenced service 18-Oct-38

MBS 10698 damaged in sidescrape with unit no.2148 at Farnham 22-Jun-64 and to Wimbledon Park for repairs.

Unit stored at Lancing from 1-May-71 and withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and moved to Selhurst for stripping. Hauled to Micheldever 24-Jun-71 for store and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 7‑Sep-71 from there.

2133

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit damaged by enemy action (possibly at Reigate 20-Sep-40) and repaired at Lancing between 20-Sep-40 and 7-Nov-40.

Whilst working the Aldershot portion of the 8:54pm from Waterloo on 8-Nov-52 unit no.2133 had a brake failure resulting in collision with light engine outside Guildford station. DTC 12166 was badly damaged and withdrawn 15-Nov-52, (possibly broken-up at Eastleigh works).

The 8:54pm from Waterloo ha divided at Ascot with the front two coaches going to Reading; the rear two coaches forming the 9:46pm portion to Guildford via Aldershot. The train lost control descending Pinks Hill (1 in 100) running past two signals at danger and colliding with the tender of approaching ‘700’ class locomotive number 30693 outside of Guildford’s signalbox. The brakes had failed due to lack of air pressure after a compressor fuse had blown.

30693 was pushed back nearly 30 yards and its tender badly damaged. The leading coach of 2133 (DTC 12166) was split open, the two steel solebars of the underframe were bent backwards and the front half of the vehicle destroyed; its leading bogie being driven back to the trailing bogie. 12166 was thrown to the right coming to rest against the tender of another light engine Q1 class 33013. MBT 10699 was virtually undamaged.

Motorman H. Tullett was killed instantly. Of the sixty-five passengers on the train, one died, thirty-seven were injured with six detained in hospital.

Damaged MBT 10699 stored at Farnham until moved to Lancing for repair 5-Oct-54 reformed there with new ‘all‑steel’ 2 HAL DTC 12856 completed 31-Dec-54 on underframe of former 12133 (ex 2100) and unit released back to traffic 21-Feb-55. Interior of 12856 had EPB-style Formica and veneer finish. Unit then 129' 6" long and weighed 75 tons.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 17-Jul-71 for stripping. Unit then stored at Micheldever and later Feltham. Moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Dec-71 from there.

2134

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Roof of MBT 10700 damaged by incendiary bomb at East Putney 21-Feb-44, repaired at Durnsford Road by 26-Feb-44.

Unit withdrawn 4-Jul-70 and initially stored at Ford and moved to Selhurst for stripping 21-Aug-70. After stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 5-Dec-70 from there.

2135

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit had plain end and whistle 22-Mar-64.

Unit retained after units withdrawn 29-Jul-71 to work final railtour 25‑Sep-71 then withdrawn 9-Oct-71 and after stripping at Selhurst stored Weymouth, moving to Shalford from 28‑Jan-72. Moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 11-Feb-72 from there.

2136

Unit commenced service 18-Oct-38.

Unit at Lancing for underframe repairs (possible damage?) between 26-Jul-46 and 19-Aug-46.

Unit withdrawn but reinstated c.Feb-70. Unit withdrawn 9-May-70 and after stripping unit stored at Norwood Yard and moved for scrapping Milton Metals, (Cardiff) 5‑Sep-70 from there. Not broken‑up until Jan-71.

2137

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 17-Jul-71 for stripping. Unit then stored at Micheldever and later Feltham. Moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Dec-71 from there.

2138

Unit commenced service 18-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 18-Oct-69 and after stripping unit stored at Herne Hill and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 17‑Jan-70 from there.

2139

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit at Eastleigh for repairs (possible enemy action damage at Peckham Rye 6-Jan-45?) between 12-Jan-45 and 6-Mar-45.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and stored initially at Lancing and moved to Selhurst for stripping 9-Sep-71. Stored (probably at Norwood Yard) and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) Dec-71.

2140

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit retained after units withdrawn 29-Jul-71 to work final railtour 25‑Sep-71 then withdrawn 9-Oct-71 and after stripping at Selhurst stored at Shalford from 13‑Jan-72. Moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 11-Feb-72 from there.

2141

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit possibly damaged about April 1940 as at Brighton for repairs between 30-Apr-40 and 25-May-40.

Unit damaged by enemy action (probably at London Bridge 11-May-41) and repaired at Selhurst between 19-May-41 and 7-Jun-41.

Unit damaged about July 1947 (details unknown) and at Lancing by 23-Jul-47, taken into works 5-Aug-47 and released 1-Oct-47.

Unit damaged again (details unknown, possible collision with 2019?) about February 1951, stored at Micheldever briefly until MBT 10707 to Eastleigh for underframe repair from 8-Mar-51 until 28-Mar-51, then to Lancing 3-Apr-51 and released 8-May-51 along with DTC 12174 there since 26-Feb-51.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst 17-Jul-71 for stripping. Unit then stored at Micheldever and later Feltham. Moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 20-Dec-71 from there.

2142

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 10-May-69 and after stripping unit stored at Polegate then Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9-Sep-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 11‑Sep-69. DTC 12175 cut-up 17‑Sep-69 and MBS 10708 cut-up 20‑Sep-69.

2143

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 26-Jul-69 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 11-Oct-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 4-Nov-69. MBS 10709 cut-up 20-Nov-69 and DTC 12176 cut-up 26-Nov-69.

2144

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping unit stored at Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 17-Feb-70 from there, unit arrived in yard 20-Feb-70. DTC 12177 cut-up 5-Mar-70 and MBS 10710 cut-up 10-Mar-70.

2145

Unit commenced service 26-Oct-38.

Unit hit by enemy incendiaries at Fratton Depot 3-May-41 and DTC 12178 badly burnt, unit repaired at Lancing between 9-May-41 and 30-Jun-41.

Unit damaged by enemy action at Brighton 25-May-43, MBT 10711 badly affected and unit to Lancing 3-Jun-43, released 5-Oct-43.

Unit damaged about January 1962 (details unknown) and repaired at Lancing between 22-Jan-62 and 5-Mar-62.

Unit damaged in siding collision with steam train at Horsham 29-Sep-62, lifted at Peckham Rye then to Lancing 16-Oct-62 for store, repaired there between 12-Mar-63 and 26-Jun-63.

Unit withdrawn 10-Jan-70 and after stripping unit stored at Gatwick and moved for scrapping to J. Cashmore Ltd. (Newport) 2-May-70 from there.

2146

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit withdrawn 23-jan-71 and after stripping at Selhurst unit hauled to Micheldever for store, arriving 5-Apr-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 26-Jul-71 from there.

2147

Unit commenced service 2-Nov-38.

Unit withdrawn 12-Jun-71 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst Oct-Jul-71 for stripping. After stripping unit stored at Micheldever and moved for scrapping to A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) 3-Nov-71.

2148

Unit commenced service 11-Nov-38.

Cab corner of DTCF 12181 damaged in sidescrape incident with unit no.2132 at Farnham 22-Jun-64 and to Lancing for repair and overhaul between 7-Sep-64 and 20-Nov-64.

Unit withdrawn 3-May-69 and initially stored at Gatwick. After stripping at Slade Green unit stored at Stewarts Lane, moving to Polegate 16-Jun-69, then Guildford and moved for scrapping to Armytage Ltd. (Sheepbridge) 9-Sep-69 from there, unit arrived in yard 7-Oct-69. MBS 10714 cut-up 19-Oct-69 and DTC 12181 cut-up 20-Oct-69.

2149

Unit commenced service 11-Nov-38.

Unit withdrawn 11-Oct-69 and after stripping unit stored at Herne Hill and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 17‑Jan-70 from there.

2150

Unit commenced service 6-Feb-39.

MBT 10716 slightly damaged by enemy action at Brighton 18-May-42 and repaired at Fratton by 19-May-42.

Unit withdrawn 21-Nov-70 and after stripping unit hauled to Micheldever 24-May-71 and moved for scrapping to Bird Group, (Long Marston) 5-Aug-71 from Basingstoke.

2151

Unit commenced service 6-Feb-39.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and after stripping unit disposed of for scrap to Milton Metals, (Cardiff) 19-Sep-70 but train delayed at Old Oak Common until 19-Oct-70.

2152

Unit commenced service 6-Feb-39.

Unit withdrawn 4-Apr-70 and initially stored at Lancing, moving to Selhurst for stripping 31-Jul-70. Unit disposed of for scrap to Milton Metals, (Cardiff) 19-Sep-70 but train delayed at Old Oak Common until 19-Oct-70.

                       

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2 HAL Three EMUs at Hove Station, Aug 1964 14219471027_b641c69345_o.jpg

With its 1955-built DTC, 2 BIL unit no.2069 at Hove Station, Aug 1964

© Ian Nolan

 

Additional DTC Vehicles
Built for 2 BIL and 2 HAL units

Five DTCs were constructed between late 1950 and early 1955, three on underframes from collision /fire damaged 2 BIL and 2 HAL vehicles, numbered 12854 ‑ 12858. These cars were formed into various 2 BIL and 2 HAL units to make up accident losses, but one (12855) was paired with a 4 SUB type saloon motorcoach and used to make up a further 2 HAL unit numbered 2700 from July 1954.

In the middle of the car one first-class and the immediately adjacent second-class compartment were designated non-smoking.

These vehicles were to Diagram 2705 and Code DQ.


Order No. HO 3618 dated 2‑Nov‑49

12854 on underframe of 12121 (ex 2088) for 2 HAL unit no.2653. (29-Dec-50).

 

Order No. HO 4009 dated 2‑Jul‑53

12855 on underframe of 12037 (ex 2014) for 2 HAL unit no.2700. (31-Dec-54).

12856 on underframe of 12133 (ex 2100) for 2 BIL unit no.2133. (31-Dec-54).

12857 on new underframe for 2 BIL unit no.2100. (Feb‑55).

12858 on new underframe for 2 BIL unit no.2069. (Feb‑55).

 

Note:

These last two were built on underframe order No. 7566; the last two SR type 62' 0" underframes ever built.

 

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7TC set no.701 sitting in a condemned road at Micheldever c.1969 with former DTC nearest (now TC 12107). The set received blue livery and had its headcode removed at Eastleigh (outshopped September 1967). However, following two fires in October 1967 the set languished for some time at Selhurst before being condemned. Note the leading bogie still retails its shoebeam brackets.

© Chris Wilson collection

 

Set 900 /7 TC Set 701

With the dieselisation of the Oxted line there was a shortage of electrically heated stock to work with the BRCW Type 3 Diesel Locomotives (later Class 33). 2 BIL unit no.2006 was disbanded on the 27th June 1963 after damage repairs to DTC 12107 and both cars transferred to set no.900 sandwiching five former 4 SUB trailer cars. The shoegear and control equipment was removed and the jumper cables modified. MBS 10573 operated as a trailer brake second with motors removed reducing the car’s weight from 43 to 35 tons. Both vehicles had their jumpers altered to allow heating from the diesel locomotives. The lavatories and first class compartments remained. Livery was the darker shade of BR(S) multiple unit green.

Four of the SUB vehicles were 1946-built wooden /canvas roofed 10 compartment 'augmentation' trailers numbered 10346 /10349 /10351 & 10353 which had been removed from units nos.4329 /4346 /4328 & 4352 respectively. These 4 SUB units had been withdrawn in 1960/1 with the remaining ‘original’ SUB trailers from these units having been scrapped at Newhaven. After storage on the former spur line from Winchester Junction to Worthy Down (the spur became a siding on 25th November 1951 before removal on 24th June 1962) they were moved to Fullerton Goods Yard thence to Micheldever before being taken to Eastleigh for overhaul. During overhaul they were fitted with glass-fibre doors.

The fifth SUB trailer was 1946-built 11485 which had been removed from unit 4115 during July 1963 and was equipped with a lighting generator. This was an all-steel 9 compartment trailer; these having been designed as composites but never previously used in that guise. For set no.900 11485 had its six centremost compartments fitted out as first class thus becoming the only one of these trailers to be used as a composite. The single second class compartment was marshalled towards the DTC.

Immediately prior to their use in set 900 all these trailers were equipped with self-coloured fibreglass doors.

Set no.900 was released from Eastleigh works on 6th September 1963 being ready for service on the next day. From 9th September 1963 its usual workings were the 7:25am Tunbridge Wells to London Bridge (via East Grinstead) berthing at New Cross Gate in readiness for the 5:20pm return. Overnight and weekends it was berthed at Eridge.

In February 1966 set no.900 became 7 TC no.701 and although ‘TC’ designated ‘Trailer Control’ set 701 never had the driving cabs reinstated. In any event the lack of side-buffers between intermediate vehicles would have probably precluded pull-push operation.

Following the 2nd January 1967 closure of Ashurst Junction to East Grinstead set no.701’s service now departed Crowborough at 07:57am running via Edenbridge Town but still departed London Bridge at 17:20pm. Overnight and weekend berthing was now undertaken at Crowborough.

On 19th July 1967 set no.701 was overhauled at Eastleigh in all-over blue (and strangely) with full yellow ends but with the headcode panels now plated over.  Vehicle 11485 received UIC yellow banding over its first-class compartments.

Between 21st July and 27th September 1967, the duties of set no.701 were covered by a mixed loco-hauled set comprising Bullied BCK, Mk1 FO and five Mk1 S coaches; these being displaced from Waterloo – Basingstoke services by the new electric trains of the Bournemouth electrification.

However, after two electrical fires in October 1967 set no.701 ceased being used, it underwent repairs at Selhurst between 4-Nov-67 and 13-Nov-67 but was then stored at Tennison Road Sidings (Norwood Junction) thence Micheldever before being disbanded early in 1969. Both ex.2 BIL cars 10573 and 12107 were withdrawn on 12th April 1969 at Micheldever before being used (along with a SUB trailer) for a Fire Brigade exercise at Woking in November 1969. The 2 BIL cars were subsequently moved for scrapping at A. King Ltd. (Wymondham) on 31st Jan 1970.

The SUB trailers all saw further service; 9-compartment composite 11485 was declassified to all-second and during modification for use in unit no.5115 (which had suffered accident damage at Norwood Junction) was renumbered as 15084. 10346 went to 4 SUB unit no.4131 in June 1969; 10349 & 10351 to unit no.4132 in August 1969 and 10353 to unit no.4364 (which had suffered accident damage at Hampton Court).

 

Car
no.

Diag no.

SR Code.

Type in
set 900

From
unit no.

Orig. unit type

Set 701 & into Blue

Number Change

In unit

Final unit type

10573

2111

N/K

TBS

2006

2 BIL MBS

1967

Wdn

Scrapped

 

10351

2013

DN

TS

4328

Aug. SUB

1967

No change

4132

4 SUB

10353

2013

DN

TS

4352

Aug. SUB

1967

No change

4364

4 SUB

11485

2314

DP

TC

4115

4 SUB

1967

15084

5115

4 EPB

10349

2013

DN

TS

4346

Aug. SUB

1967

No change

4132

4 SUB

10346

2013

DN

TS

4329

Aug. SUB

1967

No change

4131

4 SUB

12107

2700

N/K

TC

2006

2 BIL TC

1967

Wdn

Scrapped

 

 

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2 BIL unit no.2051 leads 2 HAL no.2620 as they call at a neat and tidy Barnham station working the 08.45hrs Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour on Saturday 1st March 1969.

Unit no.2051 was withdrawn just over a year later still in this livery having led a fairly blameless existence from August 1937 although its DTC was slightly damaged by enemy action at Durnsford Road on Wednesday 22nd March 1944.

© John Hayward

 

Unit Liveries

Units entered service in SR lined Olive green before most received Malachite Green; the pre-war Malachite appearing to be lighter than post-war. Initially under British Railways (following nationalisation on 1st January 1948) units will have continued to be outshopped in Southern Railway Malachite Green using Southern typeface; the exact date of change of typeface at Lancing is currently uncertain and possibly pre-dates the change to ‘early’ BR Green.

BR Green Liveries

Whilst the Railway Executive published its ten standard liveries in February 1949 there would have been a delay before adoption at various railway depots. Individual unit record cards shew BR Green being used at least by 17th May 1949 although exactly what shade this ‘early’ BR Green was is not described thereon. Prior to this date units are described as ‘BR Repaint’ until further details emerge as to the change from Malachite to BR Green (the precise difference being unclear although some Lancing Carriage Works notes appear to separately identify the two).

Under British Railways, Southern electric multiple units were initially outshopped in ‘early’ BR Green (more akin to Malachite) with later repaints from 9th July 1956-on being undertaken in the later darker BR Green at Lancing Carriage Works; 4 COR unit no.3132 was the last to be repainted in ‘early’ BR Green (outshopped Monday 2nd July 1956) with 4 SUB unit no.4112 being the first to be painted into ‘darker’ BR Green (outshopped Monday 9th July 1956).

At this time locomotive-hauled coaching set 974 appeared in BR Green (outshopped Wednesday 11th July 1956) with coaching set 466 being the last full set outshopped in CLC on Tuesday 10th July 1956.

Abolition Second Class
(Sunday, 3rd June 1956)

Like the locomotive-hauled coaching stock, any Southern Railway multiple units still carrying the Third-class ‘3’ on their doors would have had these removed either the first varnish or repaint after 3rd June 1956.

Yellow Warning Panels

The inverted black triangle on yellow warning panels /ends was there to provide an early indication to station staff that there was no brake van at the other end of the unit.

Following early ‘yellow warning-panel’ experiments including a BR(S) Type JA EDL and a 4 SUB unit no.4378 in 1962, Lancing started with yellow panels in 1963; the first possibly being unit no.2128 on 9th October 1963). Eastleigh followed with 4 LAV unit no.2929 on 1st November 1963. At Selhurst the application of yellow warning panels appears to have commenced with unit no.4101 on 18th February 1965. Yellow warning panels were usually (but not always) added during repaints or varnishing.

Most 2 BIL units subsequently received yellow warning panels thence full-yellow ends (§ yellow wrap); some eventually received BR Blue with full-yellow ends; none were painted blue with yellow warning panels.

UIC First-class Yellow Cantrail Banding

With the exception of the 4 BEP /4 CEP units the first Southern electric unit to receive UIC First-class cantrail banding was 4 LAV unit no.2926 (TC car 11509) outshopped from Lancing 3rd November 1962. It is believed that all units painted else next varnished after this date received the UIC First-class banding; sometimes pre-dating the application of yellow warning panels.

Lancing, Eastleigh & Selhurst Paint Shops

Painting was undertaken at Lancing Carriage Works else Eastleigh (denoted thus ~) or Selhurst (denoted thus *) after the recorded paint date (of the last car repainted of each unit). Some but not all units received yellow warning panels during their repaints.

 

Unit

Malachite
(Southern Rly)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(early)

BR Green
(darker)

BR Green
(darker)

Yellow panels added

Full Yellow
(Green)

BR Blue
(Full Yellow)

2001

7-Dec-45

No

-

23-Jan-58

26-Aug-65~

26-Aug-65~

Wdn

 

2002

23-Apr-45

13-Sep-55

-

26-Nov-64~

-

26-Nov-64~

Wdn

 

2003

11-Sep-45

1-Jun-54

-

7-Oct-64

-

7-Oct-64

24-Apr-68*

Wdn

2004

18-Dec-45

7-Jul-53

-

17-Sep-65~

-

17-Sep-65~

Wdn

 

2005

5-Nov-43

6-Mar-52

-

29-May-62

-

28-Nov-66~

Wdn

 

2006

7-Nov-44

3-Jun-54

-

Disbanded

 

 

 

 

2007

12-Nov-46

No

-

14-Dec-56

27-Oct-64~

27-Oct-64~

Wdn

 

2008

31-Jan-46

15-Sep-54

-

18-Sep-64

-

18-Sep-64

Wdn

 

2009

10-Jul-47

No

-

9-Jan-57

11-Jun-65~

11-Jun-65~

26-Aug-67*§

Wdn

2010

1-Jun-42

19-Jul-50

-

16-May-60

-

19-Feb-65*

Wdn

 

2011

8-Nov-44

26-May-55

-

2-Nov-64~

-

2-Nov-64~

14-Aug-67*§

Wdn

2012

No

12-May-50

-

24-Aug-61

-

23-Jan-64

Wdn

 

2013

No

20-Apr-51

-

3-Mar-61

-

18-Apr-66*

Wdn

 

2014

Wdn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

21-Jun-45

4-Jan-52

-

8-May-61

-

30-Oct-63

Wdn

 

2016

18-Jan-46

No

-

30-Jan-57

-

26-Nov-64~

No

26-Apr-69*

2017

23-Dec-46

No

-

15-Mar-57

-

3-Sep-64

Wdn

 

2018

9-Aug-41~

11-Oct-51

-

5-Oct-60

-

5-May-65*

Wdn

 

2019

6-Dec-46

7-Sep-55

-

2-Dec-64~

-

2-Dec-64~

Wdn

 

2020

14-May-46

No

-

1-Jul-57

-

9-Dec-65~

Wdn

 

2021

No

14-Feb-50

-

18-Mar-58

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No

5-Apr-67